Fight over Joost's will not over - Amor's legal team

By Jana van der Merwe
11 July 2017

"According to our knowledge the will is still being contested."

“We haven’t been notified, neither are we aware of the fact that the family of Joost (van der Westhuizen) have buried the hatchet - according to our knowledge the will is still being contested.”

Those were the words of Sean Hefferman, the legal representative of the singer Amor Vittone, estranged wife of the late Springbok legend, in reaction to a report in Pretoria News on Tuesday morning.

The report alleges that Ferdi Hartzenberg, Joost’s lawyer, was given instructions by Joost’s family to suspend an urgent request to the high court in Pretoria.

The planned application would have contested the validity of Joost’s final will before he died, after the master of the court set aside the testament, which was set up in September 2015 without Amor’s knowledge.

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The ruling was made due to the fact that it wasn’t signed by Joost, neither does it comply with legal requirements in the case the individual isn’t able to sign the papers.

By expression of this contested will, Amor will only receive three televisions, while their two minor children are the only heirs and will be taken care of through a trust.

Joost, who lost his battle to Motor Neurone Disease on 6 February, was already bound to a wheelchair, with arms that were lame, when the new will had to be signed.

Ferdi wouldn’t comment on the Pretoria News report.

“I have no knowledge of the content of the report,” was all he would say.

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He said Pieter van der Westhuizen, Joost’s brother and Executor of the estate, is currently overseas and he is under no obligation to talk to the media.

That Joost’s camp had decided to suspend the application was also news to the ears of Sean. He confirmed that Pieter is overseas, but said he had to contact sources within the family – they, too, were apparently unaware of the alleged development.

In the meantime, Sean has submitted the will that Amor and Joost set up together in 2009 to the master of the court. This will determines that the surviving partner receives everything. In the case both die at the same time, the children inherit everything.

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