Cape Town - The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) has sent their heartfelt condolences to the family of former Springbok legend Joost van der Westhuizen who passed away on Monday.
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Van der Westhuizen fought a long and brave battle against motor neuron disease after first being diagnosed with the debilitating condition in 2011.
A legend in international rugby circles, Joost, playing in the scrumhalf position, was capped 89 times for the Springboks and was part of the 1995 Rugby World Cup winning team.
"We mourn the loss of a rugby legend who contributed immensely to South African sport during his time. May his soul rest in peace," said SASCOC Chief Executive Officer, Tubby Reddy who grieved the loss of a stalwart and conveyed his heartfelt condolences.
SASCOC President, Gideon Sam also conveyed his sympathy, saying: "Our condolences to the rugby family on the passing of Joost.
"We will remember him as that great servant of South African rugby and we mourn with his family and the many supporters both at home and around the world who admired his passionate playing of the game."