ConCourt Rules Against Corporal Punishment in S.A Homes


According to the Constitutional Court it is now against the law to use corporal punishment to discipline children in South African homes. Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng upheld a 2017 high court ruling which made it illegal for parents to spank their children at home - dismissing an appeal to the ruling by civil society group Freedom of Religion South Africa (For SA). They are of the view that the judgment would make criminals of parents with good intentions and looking to discipline their kids.

According to For SA the ruling may result in parents being prosecuted for assault if convicted. Should they be found guilty, the parents could have their children removed from their family homes, moreover, parents could have a criminal record opened against them for abuse. The civil society group, For SA, believes there remains a clear distinction between violence, abuse, and mild physical correction.

How do you think this will affect South African households and how children are disciplined going forward.

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