Joost van der Westhuizen has won a court battle to get his money back from his late lawyer.
The Springbok legend is set to receive the more than R385 000 which was held on the trust account of Robert Klinkenberg, who allegedly committed suicide in December.
The Gauteng High Court in Pretoria yesterday ordered the Attorneys Fidelity Fund Board of Control to pay this money to Joost.
The fund had said it was by law not permitted to pay the money to Joost, as it was an investment he had made with Klinkenberg.
According to the fund, he jumped the gun and had to wait in line to claim the money from Klinkenberg’s estate.
But Acting Judge Lester Adams said the placement of funds with the attorney had little, if anything, to do with the investing of the funds.
“The applicant himself says that he was terminally ill and that an investment would serve no purpose,” the judge said.
Joost was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease (MND) in 2011, which left him crippled.
His lawyer, Ferdinand Hartzenberg, yesterday said he desperately needed the money for his day to day care.
“Joost is doing well under the circumstances and in good spirits,” he said.