Van der Westhuizen passed away on Monday after a long and courageous struggle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a form of motor neurone disease (MND), for the past six years. He was 45 and leaves behind two children, Jordan (13) and Kylie (10), as well as his father Gustav, mother Mariana, and brothers Pieter and Gustav.
Family and friends were seen entering the church, as well as current Springbok coach Allister Coetzee and former Bok coach Heyneke Meyer.
At noon, a public memorial service will be held at Loftus Versfeld.
– African News Agency (ANA)