SORRY SAGA

Fur­ther con­fes­sions ex­posed in disgraced Spring­bok’s bi­og­ra­phy

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - CANDICE BAI­LEY

Joost’s apolo­gies just sell and sell

PUB­LISH­ERS of Joost van der Westhuizen’s bi­og­ra­phy Man in the Mir­ror ex­pect mas­sive sales of the Afrikaans edi­tion when it hits stores next week.

The first 7 000 copies of the widely-pub­li­cised book were sold out within 24 hours of its release on Mon­day.

In the book, the disgraced for­mer Spring­bok comes clean about his in­volve­ment in the sex and drug video ex­posed eight months ago.

In the video Van der Westhuizen is seen naked, as strip­per Mar­il­ize van Em­me­nis per­forms oral sex on him and later snorts white pow­der with him.

Through the book, in an at­tempt to clear his name, Van der Westhuizen asks for for­give­ness for ly­ing to the na­tion about his in­volve­ment in the release of the tape.

“I did some­thing I will prob­a­bly re­gret for the rest of my days. Against all my prin­ci­ples, I had a sex­ual li­ai­son – we never had in­ter­course – with a woman who was not my wife. And we took drugs,” he said.

But if Van der Westhuizen was looking for com­pas­sion, he has yet to find it.

The book’s release has un­leashed an­other set of al­le­ga­tions forc­ing him into grudg­ing con­fes­sions and fur­ther apolo­gies.

First, his for mer pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor Mike Bol­huis an­nounced that Van der Westhuizen had had more than one ex­tra mar­i­tal af­fair and owed him R750 000 bor­rowed while he was hav­ing re­cent fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties.

Then, for­mer ath­lete Char­maine Gale Weavers outed her­self as the woman who had had a long term af­fair with him – dur­ing both his mar­riages – and ac­cused him of of­fer­ing an only par­tial ad­mis­sion.

Van der Westhuizen’s re­ac­tion to ev­ery­thing though, was to is­sue a blan­ket apol­ogy.

He said he would not get in­volved in a “pub­lic” spat with Bol­huis.

Com­ment­ing on the al­le­ga­tions by Weavers, he told You mag­a­zine this week: “It’s her claim. Let it be. If she says that, say it. If more girls come for­ward, say that. I don’t care. It falls un­der the head­ing ‘I was wrong, I was a bad per­son, I’m sorry’.”

Talk­ing about the over­all al­le­ga­tions, he said: “I made a mis­take… I’m not proud of it. Even in my first mar­riage I wasn’t the per­son I wanted to be. I par­tied a lot, drank and did wrong things. As far as my re­la­tion­ship with Amor goes, that’s pri­vate. I’m not go­ing to say an­other word about it… I lied. I de­ceived…”

But the lure of more pub­lic­ity proved too great. Yes­ter­day, Van der Westhuizen was once again talk­ing. On SABC 3 mag­a­zine show,

3 Talk, Van der Westhuizen ad­mit­ted that if he could do things over, he would have ad­mit­ted to his es­capades on Fe­bru­ary 14, the night the tape was leaked to the me­dia.

How­ever speak­ing to host Noeleen Maholwana-Sangqu, Van der Westhuizen con­tra­dicted his book, in which he ad­mit­ted to meet­ing Von Em­me­nis only once.

He told Maholwana-Sangqu: “On a pre­vi­ous time we met up at her boyfriend’s flat. He (her boyfriend) got jeal­ous that I was send­ing her SMSes and hav­ing late night con­ver­sa­tions with her. She was a strip­per and she of­fered to strip for me.”

Without ad­mit­ting that he had a re­la­tion­ship with Weavers, he said that they were good friends.

“I’ve lied to the coun­try. I’m apol­o­gis­ing for the lies. I’ve said sorry so many times. Now I’m looking to the fu­ture,” he re­it­er­ated.

Nei­ther Van der Westhuizen nor his pub­li­cist Brid­get van Oerle were avail­able for com­ment.

PLAY­ING HAPPY FAM­I­LIES: Amor and Joost van der Westhuizen with their pets, spaniel Cleo and bea­gle Tyson.

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