Ex-Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe on SABC today said he never thought new President Emmerson Mnangagwa would turn against him. He also denounced Mnangagwa’s move to oust him last year as a coup.

“I never thought he whom I had nurtured and brought into government and whose life I worked so hard in prison to save as he was threatened with hanging, that one day he would be the man who would turn against me,” Mugabe said in the interview.

“I don’t hate Emmerson, I brought him into government. But he must be proper, he is improper where he is. Illegal,” Mugabe said. “We must undo this disgrace, which we have imposed on ourselves. We don’t deserve it.”

The interview was broadcast on South Africa’s SABC TV earlier tonight.

Mugabe told journalists that he wants a meeting with Mnangagwa to resolve issues. He says he was removed illegally and ED is illegitimate. He denied links to NPF, but said he would support the party if it does the right things. He insisted he would not stand as NPF candidate.

He also denied responsibility for Gukurahundi; saying Zapu had arms and he had to act