The Constitutional Court in South Africa on Wednesday ruled that corporal punishment at home violates children’s rights, sparking debate on African parenting online.
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, who presided over the case, declared that ‘reasonable chastisement’ of children was inconsistent with the Constitution.
The court added that there are other ways of effectively disciplining a child, without resorting to corporal punishment.
“There is, therefore, a less restrictive means envisaged by Section 36 of the Constitution available to achieve discipline.”
The ruling upholds an earlier High Court ruling in which a father was found guilty of assaulting his 13-year-old son. In that ruling, the court found that the father had exceeded the bounds of reasonable chastisement.
The father, who was punishing his son for watching pornography, had argued that he had a right to chastise his son, in accordance with his religious beliefs.
The Freedom of Religion South Africa, a pressure group, that challenged the High Court ruling, criticised Wednesday’s ruling.
The group argued that the state should not interfere with parents who are mandated by the Bible to physically correct their children.
South African Twitter also had opinions…
— Phomzo🇿🇦 (@Phomolo_Nkhahle) September 18, 2019
No one is gonna get arrested for spanking their kids.
Constable Mazibuko will never open a docket for a kid who says that his/her parent spanked him/her.
— Morolong (@TowardsUhuru) September 18, 2019
This #concourt crap is why alot of black kids misbehave and are uncontrollable, NO COURT OR GOVERNMENT WILL TELL ME HOW TO RAISE MY CHILDREN. IF MY KIDS ARE BEING UNRULY AND DISRESPECTFUL, I WILL DISCIPLINE THEM… Finish🙅🏿♂️
— Howard (@ZoroS01) September 18, 2019
#ConCourt Rules that Hitting Your Child at Home is Unlawful
Meaning you can be arrested for hitting your child at your home
The bible says don’t fail to discipline your children. The rod of punishment won’t kill them.
— Chief Erican (@EricanSA) September 18, 2019
Imagine coming back home to this surprise and you can’t spank them because it unconstitutional 😲 eyoh Angeke I might as well take them to #ConCourt and lay charges for malicious damage to property they must serve time. pic.twitter.com/bq3OvSaC5H
— Charles Dimoke (@Charles_Dimoke) September 18, 2019
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