Former Boeremag member, 45, shares how prison changed him: 'I questioned my upbringing'

Former Boeremag member, 45, shares how prison changed him: 'I questioned my upbringing'

- Former Boeremag member, Kobus Pretorius, opened up about his journey since he was jailed

- Pretorius and other members of the apartheid loyalist group attempted a coup and the assassination of Madiba

- However, the 45-year-old said he questioned his upbringing after he was jailed and it changed him as a person

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Recently, the Leeuwkop Correctional Centre in Bryanston‚ Joburg‚ opened its doors to give the media a peek inside the maximum security prison.

One of the inmates was 45-year-old Kobus Pretorius, who was sentenced to two decades behind bars after his group, Boeremag, attempted to overthrow the democratic government and assassinate Nelson Mandela in 2002.

Pretorius along with two of his brothers and his dad were amongst several people in the apartheid loyalist group.

His role in the group was to make bombs. However, needless to say their plan failed and Pretorius has been in prison ever since.

TimesLIVE reported Pretorius was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2013, which means he has only served five years of his sentence despite being behind bars for 16 years.

However, the 45-year-old claims he learnt non-racialism in prison. Briefly.co.za gathered Pretorius said since he was jailed, he started to question his strict white upbringing.

"Most of the things I knew about black people aren't true‚" he said, adding that he has changed as a person.

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Boeremag member, 45, shares how prison changed him: 'I questioned my upbringing'

Kobus Pretorius in his yellow prison overalls. Photo credit: TimesLIVE

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Pretorius has since joined the prison's recreation committee, where he teaches engineering to other prisoners.

Spilling the tea on life behind bars, Pretorius admitted it was tough and there were gangs. However, he added it is up to every man to make the best of the situation.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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