You may have noticed that I keep my articles short, and to the point. Since I’m no literary genius, I try to keep my drivel short, though certain things can’t be said in one short paragraph.
People have given their two cents about this new “spanking law”, but could somebody please explain the following: What is the point of this law? Just to be very clear, there is a HUGE difference between spanking a child and abusing/attacking a child. I am not in favour of the latter at all.
A simple law does not stop a person dead in their tracks, and will most certainly not stop [bad] parents from abusing their children. I know a law allows for prosecution and persecution of the criminal (which you may argue may be the point of the law), but there are just a feeeew hiccups with this. Let me explain :
How will this law be enforced (preventing a parent from spanking a child)? Will the government place a police officer in every single home?
What will prevent spoiled little Johnny, who did not receive the mountain bike he wanted for his birthday, from reporting his parents as “spankers”? (This might sound ridiculous, but trust me, I have seen vindictive “children of the corn-, spawn of chucky-like “ children, who make Dennis the menace look like a little sweet angel).
What will the end result be? When parents are “repeat spank offenders”, will their children be placed in a home? Will the parents receive jail time? We don’t have the resources!!!! Our jails are overcrowded, so are the homes for children! So now a child is ripped from a loving home, due to the fact that his parents smacked him on the bum or hand a few times, and placed in an overcrowded shelter, where three meals a day are a luxury.
These are just a few of the obvious problems, but what about the long term effects. Think back to your childhood. What prevented you from giving into temptation and burning down the house? A stern talking to, or the burning sensation on your bum when you received a smack from “moeggepraat” (the paplepel in our home, who was the Judge Dredd of discipline). I’m not saying you should beat your child to death, but a smack on the bum or hand will not damage them for life. As a teacher I have first hand experience of children who were “talked” into discipline, and the end result are disobedient, disrespectful little monsters, who know that bad behavior only leads to a simple time out. I have witnessed a girl, smacking her mother and calling her the “b” word. Her mothers reply?! “You shouldn’t behave this way, Tiffany, it’s not acceptable”.
One might also argue that a smack (when anger consumes you, and you lose control) might lead to a full blown assault. This would be child abuse, and not a spanking, but will this law prevent this – NO, and there is an existing law for child abuse. This law simply wants to prevent spanking.
This law just epitomizes our government’s complete lack of logic and their need to waste the taxpayers money, implementing a useless law. Then again, when the president himself is personally chartered around the country, we rename streets and cities, spending billions of rands on crap, what more can we expect. Why are funds not allocated to children dying of illness or living in unimaginable poverty?
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