His personal best of 6.03m, set in 1995, is also the African record. He won numerous medals at international events. He competed in the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games finishing 7th in 2000. Married to Jane Gillespie in 2003 and father of Sarah Jane Brits, born in 2005 and David Okkert Brits born in 2006. In 2009, Okkert Brits took part in the 3rd season of Survivor: South Africa.
In January 2003, Brits tested positive for a banned substance ephedrine, which he claimed must have been in the energy supplement he took. For it being his first offense and ephedrine only being a stimulant, he was only given a public warning.