Joost gets support after Carte Blanche

2012-09-04 11:05
Cape Town - After an interview with Joost van der Westhuizen was broadcast on Carte Blanche on Sunday night, M-Net and the former Springbok scrumhalf received overwhelming messages of support, according to Volksblad.

During the interview, presenter Derek Watts hammered Joost, 41, with hard-hitting questions about his battle with motor neuron disease, his children and protracted divorce from estranged wife Amor Vittone, and the fallout after a sex tape featuring Joost and another woman was leaked in 2009.

Shortly after the interview aired, social networks were abuzz as Joost and Carte Blanche shot to the top of the Twitter trending topics.

Viewers Tweet their support

One Twitter user Duan Wanty wrote: "My heart goes out to Joost. Nobody should have to fight like this to see his own children on a more regular basis."

Joost took to his Twitter page soon after, thanking his supporters for their kind words of encouragement.

"Thank you to EVERYBODY for your support!!!! Live your life to the fullest and be thankful for what you have!!!"

M-Net also came out saying that that they are overwhelmed by the reaction they received.

"We did not expect such a huge response from our viewers," Ingrid Engelbrecht, spokesperson for M-Net said. "We are thankful that Joost had a chance to share his story in a personal way."

'I am still alive and not dead yet'

In 2010, Joost was diagnosed with motor neuron disease and was told to prepare for the worst.

Carte Blanche revealed the extent to which the disease had ravaged Joost's once-athletic body - his speech was markedly slurred and he was unsteady on his feet.

"Sometimes it is hard to think about the fact that you may not be able to see your daughter on her wedding day, or that you will be able to play with your boy," an emotional Joost told Derek Watts.

The episode also revealed the support Joost was receiving from his parents, Gustav and Mariana van der Westhuizen, as well as ex-Springbok James Small and former SuperSport presenter Darren Scott.

Derek asked Joost if he ever feels like giving up on any hope. He replied saying: "I needed to make a decision: I can sit here and just die, or I can live life to the fullest and enjoy every moment I have. I always wake up with a smile on my face. I am still alive and not dead yet."

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The Joost van der Westhuizen episode of Carte Blanche will repeat on M-Net and M-Net HD on Tuesday at 13:00 and Friday 7 September at 15:00.


  • Hallo - 2012-09-04 11:19

    Take that Amhore

      jako.merwe - 2012-09-04 11:34

      Amhore. Priceless.

      susan.paul.330 - 2012-09-04 13:02

      Amore, unfortunately your looks and all the money you proclaim to have, won't buy you class...

      merven.halo - 2012-09-04 15:38

      Yes Seducect, but who is kicking a dying man?

      mfrater - 2012-09-04 16:39

      @Seducet, he has admitted his wrong doing and has apologised for them, not that he needed to do so to the public, it has bugger all to do with us. But he is dying and doing so with dignity, even helping others. For that he deserves commendation - not fools like you.

      karen.t.hawkey - 2012-09-04 16:47

      Personally i think Amore is being a total bitch about all of it. Has she forgotten how she got Joost in the first place? Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-09-04 19:14

      Amwhore who???

      paul.nefdt - 2012-09-04 19:23

      Get well soon Joost!!! ALL YOU HATERS, get a life!! we (the people that care about others in peril) did not for 1 second need your comments here.. If you have nothing good to say, then SHUT UP!!

  • avril.pheifferviljoen - 2012-09-04 11:21

    Terrific programme on Sunday!! All the best to Joost. Please let him see his kids as often as he needs to. It os the merciful thing to do.

      mike.dufham.7 - 2012-09-04 17:03

      I wonder if he has money for decent underpants

  • tednhet - 2012-09-04 11:26

    I am soo sad I missed the programme, but my thoughts go out to you, and may be strong.

  • emill.mackay1 - 2012-09-04 11:33

    Truely a remarkable man. to be able to stay positive and be able to laugh is amazing. Joost you are and always will be our hero.

  • leighann.harris1 - 2012-09-04 11:37

    Regardless of his indescretions, it was sad to see an able bodied man struggle to do simple things. Amore needs to bury the hatchet and allow him as much time with his kids now as possible.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-04 11:39

    It was a wonderful programme. Watching his determination not only for himself but other sufferers of the disease. You must have a very cold heart to deny a man from seeing his kids,afterall thats what is keeping him going. Amore-your issues are with the man himself,dont use your children to vent your bitterness,be the bigger person. I wish Joost all the best.

      abra.kadaver.1 - 2012-09-04 20:22

      it was a wonderful program but not because of Joost, he is like a politician trying to win votes before an election , except he is trying win back fans before paralysis sets in, but how awesome is the mind reading mentalist guy, that guy should be my best friend, then we can go cruising from casino to casino in his Aston Martin, he will be my own rainman.

  • ryan.vaughn.3133 - 2012-09-04 11:41

    Joost you are a hero, everyone goes astray now and again. Whatever you have done in the past will be forgiven from our Lord above if you have asked for that to be forgiven. You have the right to see your children and spend whatever time you have left with them. GOOD LUCK to you and KEEP FIGHTING you are inspiring many other to not give up. WELL DONE you are still the true sports man you have always been. Fight till the final whistle. like you have always done.

      gcina.hlophe - 2012-09-05 12:46

      Well said Ryan.No one is a Saint.We all hev done things in the past tht we r not proud of.The reason its not in the open its because we r not in the public Eye.I think we must stop judging and let the brother enjoy his life.I really respect his Will to live.He is my hero

  • chez.kri - 2012-09-04 11:47

    He is so positive that I'm loath to say this is a sad interview. I met him years ago and he was a bit arrogant but clearly he has learnt since then. Despite all he may have done to Amor and all their problems-even if she is 100% right and him 100% wrong (which i doubt) she should let him see his Kids as often as possible. He will die and she will be left looking like a bi*ch. This is not about them, it's about the children.

  • khalidah.karan - 2012-09-04 11:58

    Let bygones be religion teaches the meaning of will never forget but you must forgive,hope you're reading amore,because your continuing to look like the bad not ley bitterness rule you.let joost have this time with his children otherwise they will resent you when they are older.

      jako.merwe - 2012-09-04 13:48

      kalidah you are awesome! trust me, she is reading this. attention Wh*re

  • wt.echoridgetimes - 2012-09-04 12:05

    Joost 100 - 0 Amor :)

  • michael.salomon.589 - 2012-09-04 12:07

    Joost you are an inspiration to all... Wearing your heart on your sleeve the way you did speaks volumes about you and your willingness to fight the fight.

  • mrp721 - 2012-09-04 12:10

    I didn't get to see this episode of Carte Blanche, but you know what, people make mistakes and they do stupid things. What Joost did in the past is in the past, now he has a new battle on his hands and even though I was one of those who were really pissed off with him and lost a lot of respect for him, I realized who am I to judge him, I'm not perfect and i make mistakes and do stupid things too... I wish Amor would now just get off her high horse and allow him to see his kids more, no one knows how much longer he actually has and life is short, he doesn't deserve this. I wish him all the best and I really hope Amor will wake up and smell the coffee, her kids will only hate her later on in life for stealing this time they could have had with their dad.. Come on Amor, you claim to be a Christian, well if that's the case you know what God has to say about forgiveness!!! Good Luck Joost and keep fighting...

      chez.kri - 2012-09-04 12:28

      Well said. Looking back on my own life, I'm glad there wasn't always a camera around to record the stupid things i did. All he wanted was to play rugby, the fame was a seperate thing that came with it. He is still human, just like us.

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-04 12:39

      She will rue her actions when the kids are older. They will hold it against her for denying them a father whilst they still had one!

  • rodney.louis.7 - 2012-09-04 12:20

    Joost we will keep you in our prayers... Still a legend

  • barbara.eksteen.5 - 2012-09-04 12:25

    I have seen the program....I must admit....I have never liked him. And then the video....torn undies?? what wife lets her husband walk around in torn undies....but thats besides the heart went out to him. Oh please Amore let him see his kids for gods sake...he has paid dearly and still paying...the kids will one day be old enough when he is no longer here....GLAD I'M not in your shoes then. KIDS NEVER FORGET EITHER!!

      khalidah.karan - 2012-09-04 12:38

      I commend you for your honesty and ability to forgive joost for his flaws.I hope amore reads your comment,because I was that child dad cheated my whole life but never did my mom keep us away from him and I love her for that.

  • dick.etheridge - 2012-09-04 12:30

    To Amor...There is no revenge as sweet as forgiveness!

  • leslie.rabie - 2012-09-04 12:36

    Sterkte... jy is in ons gebede.. Jy is n voorbeeld. Ons almal maak foute.. Jy het geleer daaruit en is n beter persoon !

  • dineo.modieginyana - 2012-09-04 12:47

    Totally touching...And this stage in his life i think even your worst enemy finds a place in their heart to forgive and move on- Amor has an opportunity to show her true character, the time for rite and wrong has gone- now is a time to cherish the little time her kids have left with their father........

  • martin.coetzee.92 - 2012-09-04 13:04

    I have even more respect for Joost now than ever before.just the fact that he was man enough to admit for doing wrong in the past,especially to Armor regarding to the sex tape!I have this feeling that Joost asked for forgiveness but what I see from Armor she haven't forgiven him and that's really sad!Yes what Joost did in the past was wrong but believe me, Armor will never be able to move forward in life because she hasn't made peace with her past especially with what has happened in her marriage to Joost!And for this reason she's using their innocent children to get back at him, which is so wrong in all aspects of life!I just pray to GOD that they will reconcile for the interest of their children's well being and for Armor to realise if she's going to continue on this trend it will come back and haunt her for the rest of her life!Make peace with your past so that you can walk into your BLESSINGS!As we PRAY for others,let us also keep Joost,Armor and their children in our PRAYERS!GOD BLESS!

  • kathleen.moulder - 2012-09-04 13:07

    Oh Jannie Jammer bal - get over yourself - so many others also have it, they have my sympathy NOT Joost, if he didn't get it would he not still be the arrogant arse? So sick of seeing his pity party face everywhere - went from Hero to Zero - ag shame

      michael.barns.1 - 2012-09-04 16:31

      You're an idiot and you know it, no one deserves this disease. And yes he was arrogant when he was a rugby player, but im sorry in life if you want to be the best you pretty much are gona be arrogant, so get over yourself! Must suck to be you though, I mean no one likes your comments! poor you

      michael.barns.1 - 2012-09-04 20:15

      Cry me a river both of you, bunch of wankers. Oh wait, look how arrogant both of you are, would you like people to care about you when you get sick? Stupid hypocrites

      abra.kadaver.1 - 2012-09-04 20:28

      @michael, not true , I had the honor of meeting Bakkies Botha at a hotel once, what a down to earth, gentleman. a thousand times better than Joost could ever dream of being and one of the nicest guys you'll ever have the privilege of meeting

      murray.campbell.980 - 2012-11-13 12:26

      You go girl.. clearly most of the people on this page have not had a husband who took hookers to bed while smoking crack and snorting coke. lets not forget the batteries for the video camera, then, wait, lets splash it all over the front cover of those stupid tabloid mags for the world to see what an idiot your husband is shattering everyones perceptions of your perfect life.. if that was my husband, there is no way i would talk to you yet alone forgive you, the wheel turns, we may not like it but it turns.. lets not take away the fact that he could throw a ball around, he was a good player, and yes we feel sorry for him because he is sick, but as a husband and a role model.. useless.

  • roan.delport - 2012-09-04 13:13

    Hell,it is so sad to see a legend like this. All the best Joost..

  • rockR32 - 2012-09-04 13:19

    Joost Van Der Westhuizen...has always been - for me; the icon of SA Rugby. What a sad but inspiring story; such determination and fighting spirit, such humbleness..may God give you all the strenght to fight this and inspire us even more. All the best to J9!!

  • stuart.robinson.1829 - 2012-09-04 13:23

    It's sad to see Joost going through it all and knowing the inevitable end. Good move by Joost to not finalise the divorce settlement, at least Amor and the kids will inherit.

  • camiel.phillips - 2012-09-04 13:25

    Joost is an icon not just in SA but worldwide for his achievement in rugby.He is displaying all that during this time fighting his illness.Despite his disability now he remains positive.

  • linda.duits - 2012-09-04 13:36

    Have never been a fan but after watching Carte Blanche on Sunday night I really felt sorry for the guy. How petty can you get that Amore makes it difficult for him to see the kids. I wonder what answers she'll give her children the day he isn't there anymore and she denied him the right to see his kids, even if it was only for a short while.Be careful Amore the wheel turns and you could get bitten on the backside when you least expect it.

  • ciska.olivier - 2012-09-04 13:45

    My heart goes out to you Joost. May God keep you in his loving arms and heal you so that you can take your daughter down the isle and play with you son until Kingdom Come!! Everyone makes mistakes in life, but no one deserves not to see their children. We love you! God Bless!!

  • Seducect - 2012-09-04 13:53

    Enough of his self pitty!

  • jenipher.lavender - 2012-09-04 14:24

    All the best to you Joost. I hope the treatments they (Doctors) are trying with you will help stop this disease and that you are able to recover and carry on living. You are an inspiration. You made mistakes, yes, but we all do. Focus your energy on getting better so that you can see your children grow :)

  • lin.kyle.1 - 2012-09-04 14:35

    Joost is an amazingly positive person, and if anyone has so much faith and belief in the future they honestly deservfe to be here. GO JOOST GO

      johan.louw.399 - 2012-09-04 17:46

      he is sic . SIC in the HEAD for crying out loud !!

  • merle.mienie - 2012-09-04 14:45

    Truly sad that the children always seem to suffer. In my opinion Joost deserves to see his children as often as possible!!

  • becky.jamieson1 - 2012-09-04 14:48

    Amore, I hope u end up on this page and read this comment. No matter what he has done to you what right do you have to keep a man from his children? When he dies, your children will hate you for the rest of your life because it was you who kept them from seeing their father! I hope your conscience eats you alive! You are very heartless! Joost, I wish you all the best, i dont know if you are religious but only God will be your judge and nobody has the right to judge you here on earth. I will keep you in my prayers and I pray that Amore will come to her senses and let you see your kids. God Bless and I know things will turn out well.

      murray.campbell.980 - 2012-11-13 12:11

      No matter what a man does what right do you have to keep a man from his kids.. are you serious, what about a man who rapes his kids, what about a drug taking dad who sleeps around behind his wifes back, what about a dad who beats his kids.. I think she is doing the right thing and keep the kids away from someone who clearly had no idea how to be a dad.. oh wait, now he is sick and has turned his life around, I forgot.. well that makes it all better, we will just put a band aid on the kids scars and send them over for a visit. God has nothing to do with it or else God would have stopped him from taking drugs, committing sins outside his marriage etc.. oh, wait I forgot, we can band aid that as well by just asking for forgiveness.. all is forgotton, back to the way you were.

  • colleen.cox3 - 2012-09-04 14:57

    I was extremely moved by the Carte Blanche interview on Sunday night. Having previously intensely disliked Joost's arrogant ways, my opinion of him was confirmed when the unfortunate tape was revealed and he sank to a new low. After watching the interview, however, I could not help but feel sympathetic towards the man. I hope that his wife will find it in her heart to forgive him. Good Luck Joost!

  • Valerie.gradidge.boolsen - 2012-09-04 15:08

    what a brave man - let him see his kids - he wont have a "lifetime" with them. A hero!!!!!!

  • michael.barns.1 - 2012-09-04 15:10

    You could see the pain in his eyes, so sad... DONT GIVE UP JOOST, THE COUNTRY LOVES YOU NO MATTER WHAT!

  • carmel.fielies - 2012-09-04 15:27

    I watched this particular episode of Carte Blanche. I sat with tears in my eyes from start to finish. Here is a man who was hailed a national hero, thought he was invincible. God brought him to his knees in order to raise him up again. He did'nt sit and feel sorry for himself. He picked himself up, dusted him off and said "I am ready for the road ahead." I admire him, have a new found respect for Joost. As a mother, I cannot begin to imagine not seeing my kids, not even for a minute. Come on Amore, we all make mistakes, it's what we learn from them that makes us the better person. Joost, you have now become my hero. Good luck on this road you are walking, remember, SA is walking this road with you.

      Yolandie Nel - 2012-09-04 16:12

      I cried while watching this episode.. we all make mistakes. Why is it so difficult for Amor to forgive him? I know what he's done was wrong. Joost's kids need him as much as he needs them. I cant imagine my son growing up without his dad-very heartbreaking

      johan.louw.399 - 2012-09-04 17:43

      carmel.fielies save your tears for the day your husband cheat on you not on this looser/lair who wants the whole SA to love him again!!

      prudence.arendse - 2012-09-05 08:45

      Jees a poor excuse for a human being....

      john.a.swart - 2012-09-05 10:07

      Very well said Carmel. The Good Lord taught that we should remove the log from our own eye before worrying about the speck in someone else's eye. I get distressed when I see some of the comments posted since none of us have the right to judge another - that's God's job not ours since none of us, our ancestors included, can lay claim to never having sinned. Rather give Joost credit for acknowledging past mistakes and for him now trying to make a difference - we should all learn from him, not condemn him! I pray that Amore will find it in her heart to forgive him and encourage the children to spend as much time with their father as possible. Not only will the kids benefit but I'm sure their love and presence will take the current unnecesssary pressure off Joost and motivate him in his battle to overcome this disease while also creating awareness internationally to find a cure.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-04 15:29

    Hard hitting questions for a sick man?. Heck that must have taken some courage.

  • wwjdrevolution.newtestament - 2012-09-04 15:31

    Knowing how selfish artists are, it comes as no suprize the way Amor has handled this situation. No wonder the man is supposed to be the head of a household. Woman are just to emotional! Woman just dont understand how important a father figure is for children.. Period and to make it even worse Amor has a bit of fame and the big word... an IMAGE! Every womans downfall! Hope she wakes up soon and stops thinking of herself. If only she has learned that pride comes before a fall! Joost and children , you have all my sympathy. Revenge Is God's , always remember that! God Bless

      lee.colyn - 2012-09-04 15:59

      Meskien as Amore n beter vrou was het Joost nie gedoen wat hy het nie. Niemand weet wat in iemand anders se lewens en huwelike gebeur nie. En niemand kan oordeel nie almal maak foute. Hys n Legende in my oê ek haal my hoed vir hom af om so positief te wees! En gun hom tyd saam sy kinders dis al wat hom aan die gang hou. Sterkte Joost! God bless

  • ella.vanheerden - 2012-09-04 15:50

    Laat ons nie judgemental wees nie elke liewe mens gaan eendag voor God staan Amor kan dalk nou weg kom met baie dinge en ek hoop Amor as jy die lees jy sal besef wat jy doen is groter skade vir jouself want die dag as jy voor God staan wat gaan jy dan vir Hom Joost bly die pa van sy kinders maak nie saak wat nie wat jy probeer doen bring jou niks in die sak nie.Jy mag dalk nou julle kinders gebruik om hom terug te kry,het jy al gedink die dag as hulle groot is en vir hulle self kan besluit wat aangaan en dan teen jou draai en dis wat gaan gebeur.op die oomblik bereik jy niks ek maak nie een van julle partye sleg nie ek gee ook nie om wie dra die skuld en wie nie om Joost dood te wens gaan ook nie werk nie hy oorleef jou dalk ek stel voor gee hom sy tyd met sy kinders spyt kom altyd telaat.Gaan dink oor wat gaan jy vir God eendag se as jy voor Hom staan jy dink jy doen Joost skade maar jy doen jou kinders meer skade hulle gaan eendag teen jou draai en sien wat aangaan wie gaan jy dan blame Amor wel net jou self maar dis nie telaat om dinge reg temaak nie ons mensdom is so kleinlik ons verwag ons Hemelse Vader moet ons altyd vergewe maar ons is nie bereid nie en glo my vandag as jy nie kan vergewe en vergeet nie sal jou lewe altyd in die donker wees vir hoelank kan n mens nou op fame teer Amor hoe kan jy famous en n voorbeeld wees as jy nie eers die pa van jou kinders genoeg tyd gun nie dink jy mense kyk op na jou dit is die probleem met al die famous mense (kom terug aarde toe

  • sussank1 - 2012-09-04 16:12

    why the delay in the divorce proceedings? maybe it is because amore can't wait for the sakke vol geld that she is going to sad that a "mother" can be so cruel to her children

  • mandy.ledward.5 - 2012-09-04 16:18

    My heart goes out to Joost. Regardless of what he did in the past NO ONE deserves this... We have all made mistakes. Hang in there Joost, thoughts and prayers are with you.

      isgaak.benjamin - 2012-09-04 16:22

      Lyk my Elize en Amor is die selfde persoon

  • belinda.anderson.7524 - 2012-09-04 16:29

    Regardless of the situation between Joost and Amore, NO ONE should be kept from his children. I don't care who did what, who took what drugs or who slept with who - LEAVE THE CHILDREN OUT OF IT, and don't deny I dying man time with his kids! HOW HEARTLESS CAN YOU BE?!?!?!?!?

  • zelda.vanzyl.77 - 2012-09-04 16:50

    One of these days all Jordan and Kylie van der Westhuizen are going to have left of their dad are memories. No doubt they will eventually hear and see all these interviews and then Amor is going to have to answer some very tough questions and no matter how you spin it you cannot defend the indefensible. While I in no way condone or excuse Joost's infidelities I do know this for sure - two wrongs do not make a right. I cannot even begin to imagine how screwed up these poor kids are going to be one day. My heart goes out to Joost but it aches a million times more for his kids who are going to live the rest of their lives angry and bitter that they were pawns in their parents' very public tit for tat game. It is a game that nobody can win - there can only be losers and Jordan and Kylie will end up being the biggest losers of all :o(

  • isabel.ashe.7 - 2012-09-04 16:52

    If anyone has not done wrong in there lives, the through the first stone.JOOST DID WRONG. SO DID AMORE.. He Is a sick man, and my HEART gos out to him... WHY wont she let him have his kids more..Kids need there fathers too. He might NOT live for long, so let him enjoy them while he can.....

  • ackermann - 2012-09-04 16:54

    Joost and others with health problems can be helped, there is a solution to any health problem. Sad for me to know this, that a few of us know how to help him, but does not know how to reach him and explain the solution to him.

  • gerhard.bester1 - 2012-09-04 16:56

    Joost, i am a great supporter of you and my dream is to meat you one day in person. We all make mistakes and have to move on.May you be healed from this sickness in GODS name. Gerhard Bester.

      yolande.rwaai - 2012-09-05 07:18

      Meat vs meet! The struggle continues.

      dick.etheridge - 2012-09-05 15:13

      It's called finger the man said "We all make mistakes..."

  • belinda.minchershaw - 2012-09-04 17:01

    I feel terribly sad for Joost. So are we all perfect and never done anything wrong in our lives!? Keeping a man's children away from him is outrageous and hurts them the most in the end. Get over yourself Amor, wannabe!!!!

      cherri.pye.5 - 2012-09-04 18:32

      Johan, change the channel next time, you're not forced to watch nor are you forced to read any of these articles. As for cheater, Amor wasn't in the least concerned when she stole him from his first wife!

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  • siebert.vanniekerk - 2012-09-04 19:03

    Terwyl ons bek uitspoel! Ek voel die selfde oor Super Sport as oor Amore.Hulle sal seker eendag 'n program ter ere van.... uitsaai,terwyl hulle hom ook geskop het terwyl hy gele het!

  • brenda.davis.77770 - 2012-09-04 19:42

    It has made me ashamed as to how we grumble and complain. Yes life is hard, but seeing how Joost lives his life is inspiring. After Sunday, I have vowed to think about his attitude towards the hardships in life every morning before I step out of bed. This week, life has been good! Thank you,

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-09-04 19:52

    When we see Amor on stage again let's all BOO her to show her how we feel about her. How disgusting she is to deny a dying man his children.

  • steve.werner.334 - 2012-09-04 20:22

    Thanks for the inspiration Joost, I got rid all my holy underpants. I now have much more space and no more evidence