Mom of dancer linked to Joost makes heart­felt plea

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - TANKISO MAKHETHA

THE MOTHER of the ex­otic dancer who be­came in­fa­mous for the Joost van der Westhuizen “sex tape” says she is de­ter­mined to help her daugh­ter kick her drug habit and has pleaded for any form of as­sis­tance.

Ma­ri­etjie Burger said this at the Pre­to­ria North Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day after her daugh­ter, Mar­l­ize van Em­me­nis, pic­tured, was granted bail. She was ar­rested on Mon­day at her boyfriend’s home for al­legedly be­ing in pos­ses­sion of half a bag of the drug Cat.

“When we get home I’m go­ing to sit her down and have a se­ri­ous talk with her about her life as this has gone on for far too long,” Burger said mo­ments after her daugh­ter’s ap­pear­ance. “See­ing her like that in court broke my heart. She is such a lovely child who got in­volved in the wrong things.”

Burger pleaded for help as she wishes to take her daugh­ter to a re­hab cen­tre. “We don’t have money. We can’t af­ford pri­vate re­hab, but any kind of help will be ap­pre­ci­ated,” she said, adding her daugh­ter has been on drugs for about 10 years. “It has torn up our fam­ily. We’ve been try­ing to help her but couldn’t, and it has landed her in jail.”

She said Van Em­me­nis was scared of be­ing in jail. “She said it was a scary place. That’s why we’re seek­ing help.” The strip­per be­came in­fa­mous in 2009 after she leaked a video of her and for­mer Spring­bok star Van der Westhuizen in which the pair could be seen snort­ing white lines be­lieved to be co­caine. This led to Van der Westhuizen’s dra­matic fall from grace.

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