Pretoria - Convicted Boeremag member Kobus Pretorius has told the High Court in Pretoria he is not the same man who was arrested in 2002, SABC news reported on Monday.
Pretorius was testifying in mitigation of his sentencing in the Boeremag treason case. He told the court he no longer believed in the utopia of four Boeremag republics.
He said he had thought about his life and beliefs during his time in jail. He had severed all ties with his family as they could not accept him and his new beliefs.
Last week, the possible bid by the Boeremag members to have their convictions for high treason overturned was delayed.
Judge Eben Jordaan postponed the trial of the 20 Boeremag members to this week. The decision followed a request by attorney Paul Kruger, who represented several of the accused, for more time, so they could study statements and consult their lawyers.