Pretoria - Former Springbok captain Joost van der Westhuizen has lost his court application to prevent journalist Gavin Prince publishing a book about him and his wife, Amor.
According to the Beeld website, judge Eberhart Bertelsmann said in his judgement that Van der Westhuizen’s legal team had failed to prove that the publication of the book was illegal.
Bertelsmann said Van der Westhuizen wants
to defend his privacy by preventing the publication of the book, but that it
negates what he did in the past.
The former scrumhalf and wife Amor fall in
the category of celebrities and cannot expect to keep their lives private
because they had willingly put themselves in the public domain in the past.
Van der Westhuizen is also fighting his
battle against MNS publicly.
The book, Joost & Amor, of which 10 000 copies have been printed, will soon be available on store shelves.
Bertelsmann has dismissed the application and Van der Westhuizen will have to pay legal costs.