Former Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe, has described his departure from office as a coup d'etat.

Mugabe claimed that South Africa should have sent troops instead of a team of negotiators to prevent his ouster by the military last year. He said his regional neighbours have betrayed him.

The 94-year-old Mugabe said: When you look at their conditions, except for South Africa, they haven't got the capacity to intervene but South Africa could have done much more. It did not send an army, just a team of negotiators.

Robert Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since its independence from British colonial rule in 1980.  Mugabe was replaced by Emmerson Mnangagwa, a favorite of the military, whom Mugabe had fired weeks earlier as his deputy in a move seen as paving the way for his wife Grace to take over.

Despite Mugabe's claim, South Africa's then president Jacob Zuma had sent defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and the then state security minister Bongani Bongo to intervene in the impasse between Mugabe and the military.

Mugabe hopes to regain power through national elections in Zimbabwe, but many analysts and observers dismiss this as wishful thinking on his part.