Cape Town - Former Springbok scrumhalf Joost van der Westhuizen has succeeded in obtaining money he claimed he was owed from a trust fund of his former lawyer.
According to Netwerk24, the High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday ordered the Attorney’s Fidelity Fund to pay R385 665 to Van der Westhuizen.
This was to compensate Van der Westhuizen, who paid this amount into a trust fund of the late Robert Klinkenberg, who allegedly committed suicide.
The money was paid into Klinkenberg’s trust account to look after Van der Westhuizen’s needs.
Van der Westhuizen, who suffers from the terminal motor neuron disease, claimed in court papers he desperately needed the money to help pay his medical bills.
Klinkenberg was found dead in Magaliesburg in December last year. His body was found near his Porsche with a bullet wound.
Van der Westhuizen played 89 Tests for the Springboks between 1993 and 2003.
He scored a then-Springbok record 38 tries and is widely regarded as one of the game’s finest-ever scrumhalves.