High jumper: Lying Joost did have an affair with me

2009-11-04 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — Joost van der Westhuizen cheated on his wife, Amor Vittone, with former Springbok athlete Charmaine Weavers (formerly Gale).

This came to light yesterday after Van der Westhuizen said as recently as Sunday that his contact with Marilize van Emmenis in the infamous sex video, was “the first and only time” he was unfaithful to Vittone and denied that he had a relationship with Weavers.

Weavers (46) said yesterday she is glad he has now openly admitted he was the man in the sex video, but wished he’d been honest about other things.

Weavers spoke about her connection with Van der Westhuizen earlier this year in an interview with Huisgenoot/You without her identity being revealed at the time. In that article she said she and Joost had sex even while Vittone was pregnant.

When Beeld approached Van der Westhuizen about Weavers’s claim yesterday, he said, “There were many sins and I did many wrong things. My request for forgiveness in my book reaches wider than just the video; it includes my general past.

“From now on I just want to walk the straight road and do things right. Charmaine Gale, Mike Bolhuis (Van der Westhuizen’s private investigator) and anyone else is free to reveal whatever they want to.

“I confess my sins and I apologise, I ask for forgiveness, and that is that.”

Weavers represented South Africa at the 1992 Olympic Games. At the time she was described as one of the most attractive women in world athletics.

She said yesterday that her affair with Van der Westhuizen started while he was still married to his first wife, Marlene, whom he divorced in 2001 shortly before marrying Vittone.

Meanwhile, Vittone told a radio interviewer yesterday her heart has been “ripped out”.

“There is anger and terrible disappointment in my heart. If everything had come out in the beginning [that it was Van der Westhuizen in the video] it would have been much better.”

Speaking to DJ Darren Scott on his Gauteng breakfast show, she said: “I asked him every day [for about eight months], ‘Joost, are you sure it isn’t you in the video?’.”

Vittone said her husband entangled himself in a “web of lies”.

Vittone said the evening Joost confessed to her while she was cooking, she just looked at him.

“I didn’t speak to him for three days. I wasn’t a mother for those three days. I don’t know where I was. It was the loneliest time of my life. My folks were in Canada and the man I’m married to wasn’t there.”

Vittone said that soon after the video saga erupted, doctors found that their son, Jordan (5), has only 20% hearing in one ear and 40% in the other.

“It was even worse for me [than the video saga]. Why this as well?”

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