The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has turned down a request by former president Jacob Zuma to delay his corruption case.
Zuma wants the case postponed while matters around his legal fees are finalised.
But, NPA head Shaun Abrahams says the case will continue.
The former president will return to the High Court in Durban on Friday.
He is facing charges of fraud, corruption, money laundering and racketeering.
Advocate Moipone Noko is the person in charge of prosecuting Zuma.
She says that they don’t know whether his legal team will bring an application to force a stay in prosecution following Abrahams’ decision.
But she indicated the ball is in their court.
“It will be another postponement. I’m not sure whether it will be for trial or whether an application will be brought or not. I can’t say. But definitely there’ll be a trial. From our side we’re ready for trial.”
The Democratic Alliance and Economic Freed Fighters have filed separate cases asking the court to stop taxpayers from paying for Zuma’s defence costs.
Zuma wants his prosecution to be halted until he finalises who will foot his legal bill.
It is unclear whether their next step would be to approach the court.