For­get the fans, Joost, and look to your pre­cious fam­ily

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - COMMENT - Ken Hun­der­mark Plum­stead

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.

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