Eastern Cape gives more hidings - survey

2012-05-03 19:12

Pretoria - Children are more likely to be given a hiding in the Eastern Cape than the rest of South Africa, Statistics SA (Stats SA) said on Thursday.

"The safest place to be a child seems to be the Western Cape," Niel Roux, chief survey statistician, said in Pretoria.

Four percent of pupils in the Western Cape had experienced corporal punishment at school, according to the Stats SA General Household Survey 2011 released on Thursday.

Corporal punishment was most likely in the Eastern Cape, at 30%. This was followed by KwaZulu-Natal at 23% and the Free State at 22%.

The Northern Cape, North West, and Gauteng had all shown declines since the previous survey.

However, there were sharp increases in Limpopo, from 9% in 2010 to 19% in 2011, and the Eastern Cape which had increased from 23% in 2010 to 30% the next year.

Seventeen percent of pupils nationally had experienced corporal punishment.

Roux said this figure had held fairly steady since Stats SA started asking about corporal punishment in 2009, when it was 16.8%.

Stats SA surveyed around 30 000 households between July and September 2011.

  • Peter - 2012-05-03 19:33

    Notice that this comes from Stats SA not the dreaded DA

  • braamc - 2012-05-03 19:39

    Doesn't help, does it?

  • Nikki Bodenstein - 2012-05-03 19:44

    Well they're not smacking them hard enough it seems!

      Tinky - 2012-06-04 10:10

      You are obviously not a parent and hopefully will never be one! Would you like to be beaten when you make a mistake? Worse than that, would you allow strangers to decide when your child should be beaten and how violently? Think before you comment.

  • deon.vanrhyn - 2012-05-03 19:52

    ANC needs a proper hiding..

      Steven - 2012-05-03 20:09

      Stem saam

      Steven - 2012-05-03 20:09

      Stem saam

  • arne.verhoef - 2012-05-03 20:01

    Whats wrong with a hiding?

      Tinky - 2012-06-04 10:13

      Violence begets violence, no wonder this is such a violent society! You are part of the problem, why is it ok for people to give their children a hiding, but it is not ok for a policeman to beat you when you break a traffic law?

  • Ivan - 2012-05-03 20:02

    And the problem is. Children need to get a good hiding from time to time.

      Tinky - 2012-06-04 10:14

      Read my comment to arne.verhoef! Why do people with Afrikaans names, still believe in hitting children?

  • MrThreeZeroFive - 2012-05-03 20:29

    Its jas Statistics... Nothin to worry about.

  • sipho.mbulawa - 2012-05-03 20:45

    Wow! Eastern cape wins it again. My home province wins every bad record :(

      Koos - 2012-05-04 03:23

      sipho, are you sure you're from the EC? You seems to be a bright fella.

  • Kekeletso.nax - 2012-05-03 20:48

    Strange because they also have the highest failure rate!

  • Lacrimose - 2012-05-03 22:11

    Which is why they run to the Western Cape :)

  • Roland - 2012-05-04 01:02

    Working with school children everyday, I would be very careful of believing them in a survey like this one. Many of the kids I teach would say they have received corporal punishment, even though they never have. Children seek a reaction, read attention, especially if like most of them today, they don't get enough attention, and would easily say they have been spanked even if they haven't. Of course there are probably lots who have been, and even some who have been abused, but for the most part I would say there is a huge margain for error in this kind of research. Spend a day in a classroom, and you'll see where I am coming from...

  • Lerato - 2012-05-04 11:09

    I am where I am today because of hiding, one day when I have my own\r\nkid I wont economise with hiding!!

      Tinky - 2012-06-04 10:16

      Hopefully you will never be a parent, because children are given to us to protect, to love and to teach compassion for all living creatures, not to beat them when you can not control your temper.

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