Parents against sparring the whisk

2017-11-02 06:00

Parents have come out with guns blazing following the controversial court judgement that there is no defence for spanking a child.

Last week, South Gauteng High Court Judge Raylene Keightley ruled that the common law defence of “reasonable chastisement” was no longer a valid defence for parents or guardians to discipline children.

According to reports this was after a father severely beat his child for watching pornography.

On Friday, a Philippi woman appeared at the Wynberg Court after she excesively beat her child with an electric cord and a wooden spoon for taking too long to come back from the shop.

City Vision reporters took to the streets to hear what parents think of the ruling.

Most are adamant that to spare the rod is to spoil the child:

.Maduna Mtiya said: “It(the ruling) is wrong, because growing up, we were beaten-up, even by a stranger when we did wrong, and that instilled good behaviour(in us). Our children are going to control us now, because of the law and they will do as they please. They tell us about police when we want to discipline them,”

.Felicia Pakalitha said: “Our children are now in drugs and alcohol, which are caused by lack of discipline. (The)Government is taking away our authority to raise our children. Even the word of God says we must discipline our children. We do not kill our children when we discipline them, but we shape them for the future.

.Makantshu Dikela said: “I do not support it at all. The government cannot say we must not discipline our children at our homes when they do wrong. What if we decide to chase them away from our houses, because we cannot stay with unruly children who do as they please,”

.Sarah Donkersaid: “We grew up being punished by our parents and we turned out fine. We are respectful and we didnt take drugs. A child needs some form of punishment”.

Khuleka Samsam said: “As long as it is fair and not excessive, I see nothing wrong with beating a child.

This is the only way we know and we too were beaten by our parents and as a result we are respectful now.

Children nowadays are out of control and this ruling will make them even worse. We never kissed, smoked and drank in public when we grew up, but now it happens all the time.

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