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[…]
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[…]
Parents who give their children a hiding will no longer be able to use the defence of ‘reasonable chastisement’ if they are later accused of assault. This comes after the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg ruled on Thursday that parents can’t be exempted from the law, even when their[…]
Respectful social interaction, a facet of development that many assume to be second nature appears to be lacking within schools across the country as verbal abuse against educators and principals runs rapid. Last week, the principal of Tafelsig High School, in Mitchells Plain, was threatened by a learner and required[…]
Although South Africa banned corporal punishment in September 1997, 17 years later, this form of punishment is still being used by some educators. This week, it emerged that a learner at Ndindini Junior Secondary School in Lusikisiki in Eastern Cape was beaten so brutally, he lost his sight. The grade[…]
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