Judgment reserved in Joost matter

Joost will know by Friday whether his attempt to stop a book about his marriage is successful.

The North Gauteng High Court reserved judgement on the matter on Wednesday.

JOHANNESBURG - Former Springbok captain Joost van der Westhuizen will know on Friday if his attempt to stop the publication of a book about his marriage to Amor Vittone has been successful.

The North Gauteng High Court reserved judgement on the matter on Wednesday.

Van der Westhuizen is suffering from motor neuron disease and is currently wheelchair bound.

His lawyers says his private life can't enter the public domain.

Although admitting that the contents of Gavin Prins' book are already widely known, his lawyers said publishing the intimate details of their client and Vittone's stormy marriage will infringe on his privacy and dignity.

The former rugby player told the court he should be seen as an individual in his current stage of his life and not as an active player for the national side.

He also claims the release of the book will cause him stress and will ultimately affect his health.

But Van der Westhuizen was accused of exploiting his medical condition to gain sympathy.

The former rugby captain appeared in court with family members supporting him from the public gallery.