To spank or not to spank: Denvor de Wee

2013-08-04 14:00

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini insists that parents have to take responsibility and raise their children with proper values. Her department and the University of the Western Cape-based Children’s Rights Project are working on drafting a bill which, if passed, would outlaw corporal punishment at home. Five City Press staffers share their views on the proposed legislation.

I fail to understand why government now wants to rule all the way into my house when they can’t even address pressing issues in the country.

As a child, I received a regular spanking from my mother and I hated every minute of it.

But today I realise why she spanked me and I’m reaping the fruits of all that pain and humiliation. As a youngster, I learnt responsibility and this is all thanks to my mother’s strict parenting.

As a parent, I will spank my kids when absolutely necessary, but I don’t agree with doing it out of anger.

My children are spanked when they misbehave and I make sure they know why they are being spanked. This is also my way of teaching them a sense of responsibility.

I love my children very much and will move mountains to ensure their safety and happiness. I’m hoping that through punishment and strict parenting, they’ll grow into disciplined and focused adults.

Government has no right to prescribe to me how to raise my children in my own home. The state should instead provide textbooks, school furniture and other basic services to the millions of pupils in schools across the country.

These kids are failed dismally and not much is done by government to secure their futures as young adults.

Why don’t they also invest in parenting courses for those neglecting their children on a daily basis?

Invest in improving the lives of all children. Provide basic services like housing, sanitation, affordable electricity and proper roads.

Use my tax money to fight crime, poverty and corruption. Provide antiretrovirals to millions of Aids sufferers.

Improve the justice system and create much-needed jobs. This will create a better country for our children.

Don’t interfere in my family life and prescribe how I should raise my kids. Leave parenting to my wife and I.

The government should instead focus on running a safe and democratic South Africa for my children and the millions of my fellow South Africans out there.

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