The Constitutional Court of South Africa has officially ruled that corporal punishment is unacceptable under the current provisions of the constitution. Parents are no longer able to use “modest and reasonable [physical] chastisement” or “physical correction” in an effort to instil discipline in their children. The court upheld the South[…]
It’s official. You cannot smack your children. The Constitutional Court has upheld the 2017 ruling against corporal punishment in the home. READ: ConCourt says spanking your child at home is illegal The South Gauteng High Court had struck down the defence of reasonable chastisement, saying physical discipline violates children’s rights. Sonke[…]
A teacher at the Ieglaasi Nieyah primary school in Beacon Valley is under police investigation for charges of common assault and has been suspended from the school. Parents of the learners laid charges at the local police station after they received reports of alleged corporal punishment. The incident came to[…]
By Anees Teladia The recent incident involving a local madrasa teacher being accused of assaulting a 10-year-old boy for misbehaving in class has raised flags and questions surrounding the treatment of children in madrasas. Corporal punishment has for years been a commonly used method to instil discipline in youth attending[…]
A Cape Town mother has laid a criminal charge against one of her Grade 1 son’s teachers after the boy came home with a bloodied mouth and cane marks on his back. The 7-year-old is alleged to have been shoved and pushed, resulting in him knocking his mouth against a[…]
A viral video showing a San Souci Girls high school teacher smacking a learner in the classroom has elicited a huge reaction, with many people left divided over the incident. On Wednesday, Education MEC Debbie Schafer condemned the incident, stating categorically that the actions of the educator are unacceptable. “Any[…]
The long-awaited controversial ruling of corporal punishment in the home, will be handed down in the Constitutional Court on Thursday. Corporal punishment was prohibited in detention settings 23 years ago and was banned in schools in year 2000. The ruling is a result of a 2017 judgement by the Gauteng[…]
The chairperson of the CRL Rights Commission says one of the issues to address while seeking alternatives to corporal punishment is how children are raised and whose values are valued. The commission’s Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva was speaking during a dialogue in Johannesburg on Tuesday on alternatives to corporal punishment. “The issue[…]
Two hundred and twenty-two teaches in the Western Cape have been found guilty of corporal punishment in the last year. That is the statistic provided by the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) for the 2015/16 financial year. Spokesman Paddy Attwell tells the Cape Argus the WCED found there was no[…]
Child rights activists have welcomed the South African Human Rights Commissions (SAHRC) recent investigation which requests that the South African Government introduce amendments to the Children’s Act to prohibit the use of corporal punishment in the home. VOC spoke to Carol Bower, child rights activist at Linali Consulting, and one[…]
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