corporal punishment

WATCH: Parents react to spanking ruling

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[…]

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Islamic school teacher under police investigation

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[…]

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Shock and condemnation after San Souci video goes viral

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[…]

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Spare the rod, spoil the child

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[…]

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222 Cape teaches bust for corporal punishment

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[…]

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Corporal punishment within the home

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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