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Premier Makhura pays tribute to rugby legend Joost van der Westhuizen
2017/02/06 Phumla Sekhonyane
On behalf of the Gauteng Provincial Government, Premier David Makhura has paid a fitting tribute to the rugby legend Joost van der Westhuizen, saying he refused to let his condition get the better of him.  
 
Former Springbok scrumhalf van der Westhuizen died on Monday after losing his battle with motor neuron disease at the age of 45. 
Van der Westhuizen was diagnosed with motor neuron disease in 2011.  He played 89 Tests for the Springboks between 1993 and 2003.
“We are saddened by his untimely death.  Joost van der Westhuizen had an absolutely fantastic rugby career. He was an exceptional player. 
“It was incredible to see how van der Westhuizen remained strong during his illness. He fought until the end,” said Makhura. 
 
Van der Westhuizen’s legacy will never be forgotten - at just 45, he had so much of his life left.  Everyone's thoughts are with his family especially his two children, Jordan and Kylie. 

Issued by Gauteng Provincial Government
For media enquiries contact Phumla Sekhonyane, Spokesperson to the Premier on 071 860 4496 or Phumla.Sekhonyane@gauteng.gov.za     
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