To spank or not to spank: S'Busiso Mseleku

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.

So it may soon be unlawful to spank one’s child at home.

I spank my children, if they deserve it, and see nothing wrong with it.

But I do have a problem with people who spank or even shout at their children in public.

Given the way I was brought up, a spanking follows only after several warnings and talking to a child who continues to do what they have been told not to.

The purpose of a spanking is to drive the message home of the severity of their transgression.

It is meant as a reminder that parents do not like or allow certain things.

We cannot allow unacceptable behaviour to go unpunished in our homes.

As a Christian, I also abide by what is written in the Bible.

Proverbs, chapter 13, verse 24 says: “Whoever spares the rod, hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.”

I love my children.

I discipline them with the aim of making them better people and upright citizens.

I will have a serious problem with our government passing such a law.

But I will not be surprised, seeing that it’s the same government that has put rights ahead of responsibilities, but then cries foul when students burn a library in protest at not finding a certain book, burn down a train station because a train did not arrive on time, trash a big city because they are not happy with salaries, show their buttocks to people they disagree with or, worse still, throw faeces to show disgruntlement.

You sow a wind, you will reap a whirlwind.

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