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Mom spanking her child on the bum
Can you hit you from a place of love? In a society fraught with gender-based violence, is physically punishing your child teaching them how to learn the difference between abuse and discipline? On 18 September 2019, the Constitutional Court of South Africa ruled that corporal punishment in the home...
Child crying with abusive parent holding belt
Nearly half of women across South Africa are subjected to violence by an intimate partner. This in turn negatively affects about one in four children. A child who is exposed to violence in the home also risks being abused and will, quite reasonably, fear for their own safety. The country’s...
mother-disciplining-a-child
Most of us grew up in a household where spanking was the main form of discipline and we turned out fairly okay – this term being used very loosely. In 2017, the Gauteng High Court ruled that the common law defence of reasonable chastisement is not in line with the...
crying-child-that-got-spanked
At the moment, in South Africa, parents are allowed to spank their children as long as it falls under ‘reasonable chastisement’ therefore justifying corporal punishment in the home. At the end of 2018, the Constitutional Court considered whether this ‘reasonable chastisement’ was, in fact, permissible and looked to in...
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