Joost snubbed at Sport awards

2012-11-07 13:00

Cape Town - Former Springbok legend Joost van der Westhuizen, currently battling motor neuron disease, was one of six recipients honoured with the Steve Tshwete Lifetime Achievement Award at last Sunday's SA Sports Awards in Sandton.

Staggeringly however, the 89-Test former scrumhalf wasn't sent an invitation by the organisers.

According to The Star newspaper, Petrus Molemela (life president of Bloemfontein Celtic soccer club) was the only winner present to receive his award.

The other four winners - the late Sewsunker “Papwa” Sewgolum (golf), sports administrator Sam Ramsamy, Petrus “White Hair” Molemela (football) and Sally Little (golf) - all had representatives collect their awards on their behalf.

Van der Westhuizen slammed the organisers on Twitter on Monday, writing: Heard this morning about the lifetime award, thank you! Would’ve been nice to get a invite to receive it...

However, the oversight appears to have been cleared up, with Joost tweeting on Wednesday: Thank you Minister Fikile Mbalula and Ministry of Sport for the personal apology. Respect!!!



  • annelise.vanderschyff - 2012-11-07 13:15

    I saw a bit of it joost you missed nothing stay strong we all love you!!!!

      hendrik.schutte.3152 - 2012-11-07 20:45

      I support your support for Joost but do not agree about the event. I thought it went off well, was informative and somewhat entertaining. Agree with another coment here about Tokyo, I thought he tried to hard to "play ANC" instead of concentrating on the fact that it was sports awards. I even found myself sort of guessing most recipients correctly after the nominations for each was announced. maybe 2 or 3 surprised me. I thought the rest were well deserved awards.

  • george.slade.161 - 2012-11-07 14:44

    A Steve Tshwete award !!! No wonder no one wanted it !

  • Albert - 2012-11-07 14:44

    The other notable snubees were Ernie Els and Cameron van der Burgh. Me thinks those involved in indentifiying the candidates are politicians and know nothing about sport.

      dao.muangnoicharoen - 2012-11-07 16:08

      besides the fact ernie was playing in china

  • David - 2012-11-07 15:39

    Still as arrogant as ever hey Joost?

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-11-07 16:09

      Chop!!! The man is a legend; forget about his mistakes, an excellent rugby player!!!

      David - 2012-11-07 16:12

      For those who disagree, it is completely within their rights and we all have our opinions...mine is based on personal dealing with him in his "heyday" and then please all remember how you all snubbed him when he was snorting cacaine off a hookers body and the second he got sick the world "loved" him again...a fickle bunch we are :) All I am saying is a rolemodel in sport is NOT someone who makes videos of himself doing drugs and philandering around. Plain and simple.

      David - 2012-11-07 16:21

      Jaco its my opinion...calling me a chop is not really called for :) . If you opinion is that he is a legend then thats cool...

      toruk.makto.1675 - 2012-11-07 19:11

      David you're wrong dude.................n blou bul snuif nie van n hoer af nie.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-11-08 17:11

      David is correct. Arrogant, fornicator and druggie.

  • Nikkinacks - 2012-11-07 15:48

    Spot the error, again... How can Petrus Molemela be both there to receive, and also not be there and was represented? This article was not edited very well.

      jaco.bester - 2012-11-08 11:23

      None of the Sport24 articles are well edited... If you want a lekker chuckle go check out the most recent articles about Chris Ashton, spot the error in those...

  • - 2012-11-07 23:26

    touchy . . . Happens alot in the industry. Have seen it more than once. Logistical error by organizers.

  • The.whiz.777 - 2012-11-07 23:45


  • jaco.bester - 2012-11-08 09:48

    Joost was a fabulous rugby player and deserved his 2007 induction into the IRB Hall of Fame... No one will ever argue that in his prime he was the best scrumhalf in the world (some would even suggest that he's the best there ever was)... But a national 'Lifetime Achievement Award' is about more than what you've managed to achieve on a rugby field alone, it should reflect what you have achieved throughout your life and in a number of spheres - of course with your particular sport as a catalyst - and in that case I don't think that Joost deserves this particular award. I am certainly concerned for his well-being, and join in prayer for his health with many other people, but sentiment of that nature should play no part in deciding who should receive a lifetime award. All the best to you Joost, you were an absolute and undeniable legend on the field!

      Shirley Richardson Rittmuller - 2013-04-27 16:45

      He was and still is a legend. I agree with you. Lets not look at his errors in his personal life, as we all have our faults. wish him well and leave the rest in God's hands. After all it is only GOD who can judge , not us. Our prayers are with you and your family Jooste. God Bless

  • fran.aphane - 2012-11-08 10:18

    I am not an expert on people's behavior but the one thing I observed and read about regarding Mr Van der Westhuizen is that the man is very bitter. First it was his diagnosis with the dreadful disease then the fights with his wife Amor then now is the Sports Awards, I am wondering what it is that makes this guy happy or if he will ever find joy in his heart? I am worried that will destroy him and he will die miserable with nothing to appreciate if he continues this way. It is so sad really to hear of the sadness of someone who once had it all.

      PvdLK - 2012-11-08 14:10

      Fran, if he wasn't invited, he wasn't invited. Plain and simple.This has nothing to do with his disease or his marriage or anything else.

  • murray.campbell.980 - 2012-11-08 11:59

    Joost getting a lifetime achievement award is the same as lance Armstrong getting a lifetime achievement award. Both great athletes, both did good in their day with charities etc, both suck at being a role model for kids or the sport. If you want the awards you have to be a role model on and off the field, sorry but he failed at that. A friend of mine died last month of the same disease, for this my heart goes out to him, it is a terrible way to die.

      David - 2012-11-08 12:44

      Well said Murray!!!!!!!!! Its like saying Jeffrey Darmer was a hellava nice neighbour to have...forget that he ate some kids!

      The.whiz.777 - 2012-11-08 13:47

      Everybody does a bit of hanky panky, visits Mr Sniffels at parties, but that shouldn't take away from a great legend in rugby, the best ever scrummie by a country mile! Lifetime award ye baby!

      jaco.bester - 2012-11-08 14:44

      @The.Wiz.777 No, everybody does not do a bit of hanky panky, and even fewer visit Mr Sniffels at parties. Be that as it may, perhaps people would be less comfortable with doing either of these things if our national heroes would set a better example - or if we would stop praising them for it, instead we give them Lifetime Achievement Awards!

  • The.whiz.777 - 2012-11-08 16:06

    Jaco mens kan sien jy is nog op "DOS" operating system. Ignorance is bliss pal!

      alex.degroot.370 - 2012-11-09 08:07

      @Wuss 77 you now rooting for Hansie to get the same award? Joost is a drug skank and Hansie a thief.

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-11-08 23:24

    Screw them Joost !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Shirley Richardson Rittmuller - 2013-04-27 16:48

      I agree with you, screw all of them.

  • justinasher - 2012-11-09 02:43

    To the idiot who wrote this article: "Van der Westhuizen slammed the organisers on Twitter on Monday, writing: Heard this morning about the lifetime award, thank you! Would’ve been nice to get a invite to receive it..." Joost did not "slam the organisers on twitter" - are you retarded? That's far from "slamming the organisers". Sensationalism?

  • Shirley Richardson Rittmuller - 2013-04-27 16:37

    He should have been the first one to receive an invite. A little to late to say sorry to him. Disgusting, after all he has achieved. Our prayers are with you all the time Jooste. God bless you and your family. Shirley and Harold Rittmuller.

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