Former rugby star Joost van der Westhuizen failed in his last-ditch legal attempt to halt the publication of 'Joost and Amor: Behind the Headlines', by entertainment journalist Gavin Prins.
From a freedom of expression perspective, this seemed like good news - until you pick it up. REBECCA DAVIS read the damn thing to see what could possibly be so damaging in it, and now feels like she'll never be clean again.
"This book offers insight into one of South Africa's greatest sex scandals," excitedly promises its blurb. It's quite an interesting sales pitch, since there is literally nobody on earth who needs insight into one of South Africa's greatest sex scandals, except perhaps a professional sexologist. A big sticker on the front saying "Buy me, you gossipy little perv" would have much the same effect.
Then there's the fact that the list of great South African sex scandals seems rather short. (When the media talk about "sex scandals", they depressingly often mean "rape allegations".) After Zwelinzima Vavi was accused of rape by his employee, some commentators took it as an excuse to haul out the Greatest Sex Scandals back-catalogue. It was weak stuff. "Who can forget the IFP's Narend Singh?"...