Forget the fans, Joost, and look to your precious family
THE ATTWOOD and Meyer article (Weekend Argus, November 8) quotes Joost as having had a “k*k” week but there was no mention of his wife’s week. He goes on to say, “I am sore, I am raw.” What a joke.
Mark Kleinschmidt, in his letter maintains that we can all learn a lesson from Van der Westhuizen’s predicament. I agree – do not take your family for granted. Kleinschmidt says further, Joost’s wife deserves our admiration if she indeed forgives her husband. Have I misread this line?
When Joost looks at the man in the mirror, what does he see? Interpreting the article, one sees an egotistical man who, in his own opinion, has been badly done by. He would do well to live with the fans who have forgiven him. He blames himself for having let them down but what about his wife and children?
His children are still very young but even at this age they can feel the vibe of something amiss. Who knows what the future will bring for them?
Kleinschmidt is right when he says Van der Westhuizen’s repentance must be sincere and honest, but it must be directed at the right people, not at his fans, as the writer suggests.
JR Paxton wrote: “Infidelity criticises nothing that is bad. It only ridicules and denounces all that is good. It tears down, but never builds up; destroys, but never imparts life.”
Van der Westhuizen must forget about the forgiveness of his fans, who are not even in the equation, but beg for his family to forgive him and thank God when they do.