Controversial Economic Freedom Fighter EFF  leader Julius Malema has vowed a showdown against  Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini for “intimidating” people calling for expropriation of land without compensation.

Addressing a media conference yesterday, Malema said South Africa was a democracy and his party had a right to disagree with Zwelithini.

“Let us not talk war‚ let us not beat war drums here. Let us come up with superior argument on why it should not be done like that‚” Malema said.

“We must debate issues openly‚ including disagreeing with the Zulu king.

“The Zulu king must call for engagement with regards to the land. He must be respected‚ he must not be feared.

“I don’t fear anyone‚ no one. I only fear God‚” Malema said.

He was referring to Zwelithini’s statements that Zulu warriors were ready to defend their land.

Zwelithini was reacting to a proposal by a high-level panel‚ chaired by former president Kgalema Motlanthe‚ which found that the Ingonyama Trust Act was unconstitutional and should be repealed.

Malema then compared himself to Nelson Mandela who had to go and stay in prison for twenty seven years  to save his people.

“Unlike Nelson Mandela and his friends, I don’t need to go to a stupid prison to save my people. I believe I’m the Messiah of our time. I’m gonna save this nation like Jesus saved Christians. Except, I’ll be able to save you without some silly cross or going to jail.” Malema said.