Court to rule on Joost’s ‘gag order’

The order seeks to stop release of book about Joost & Amor’s marriage.

Joost van der Westhuizen. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Questions surrounding the right to privacy and dignity and whether this extends to celebrities are likely to be addressed in a ruling in the matter of former rugby star Joost van der Westhuizen, who is trying to stop a book about his life being published.

Van der Westhuizen, who is now confined to wheelchair after being diagnosed with motor neuron disease, approached the North Gauteng High Court to obtain a gag order.

Heat Magazine Editor Gavin Prins has written Joost and Amor: Behind the Headlines, which is about the former Springbok and his estranged wife Amor Vitonne.

Van der Westhuizen's counsel argued that the book infringed on his client's privacy and dignity, which is protected by the Constitution.

However, countering that line for the publishers and author, their advocate argued the former Springbok had spent most of his life in the public domain, and the book did not contain anything the public did not already know.

The book was supposed to be on shelves already, but delivery has been delayed until after the ruling on Friday.