Further confessions exposed in disgraced Springbok’s biography
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.