Cape Town mom lays assault charge against son's teacher

2019-06-05 07:08

A Cape Town mother has laid a criminal charge against one of her Grade 1 son's teachers after the boy came home with a bloodied mouth and cane marks on his back.

WATCH: Paarl Boys' pupils rally around teacher accused of corporal punishment

2019-03-08 17:29

Paarl Boys' High pupils have rallied around their head of discipline after a difficult week of allegations of corporal punishment at the elite institution.

"There is a massive difference between a spank on the buttocks and child abuse": Readers respond

2018-12-05 16:32

What is your take on smacking children as a means of disciplining them?

Is it okay to spank a misbehaving child once in a while?

2018-11-29 11:37

Do you agree that "Spanking is often the first step in the cycle of child abuse”?

ConCourt to decide today on the use of smacking in the home

2018-11-29 11:19

Today the Constitutional Court will decide whether corporal punishment in the home should continue to be allowed or whether it needs to be prohibited since it violates children’s rights.

A non-violent society needs non-violent parenting

2018-11-21 06:36

Children learn violence from a young age, often within their homes, so to create a more peaceful South Africa, experts warn that care-givers must stop spanking kids.

5 parents share their perspective on hitting children

2018-06-01 09:42

"Children are precious and they need to be protected at all times."

Churches are outraged by the decision to ban smacking your child in SA

2018-01-19 12:31

There’s been a flurry of negative responses to the court ruling by some vocal faith groups, saying the bible encourages parents to discipline their children.

Why SA desperately needed the 'spanking judgment'

2017-10-30 08:40

Corporal punishment contributes to the shaping of a culture that regards violence as a reasonable means of solving problems or communicating dissatisfaction, writes Eleanor du Plooy.

Reaction to 'spanking judgment' highlights SA's missing moral compass

2017-10-25 11:10

Corporal punishment diminishes the opportunity for a child to learn, creates a disconnect with the parent or guardian administering the abuse, and perpetuates the cycle of violence, writes Andre Fourie.


Why teachers hitting kids give all of us a free pass

2019-03-11 05:00

If you are allowing your children to be hit, you are part of South Africa's problem, writes Helena Wasserman.

Corporal punishment or self-defence?

2019-02-12 10:42

Evidence in the clip reflects that the teacher did not “intend” to cause physical pain to the learner.

Why parents should never spank children

2018-11-30 14:32

"To date, spanking has been banned in 53 countries and states globally."

Is corporal punishment linked to lower school grades?

2018-11-29 11:33

According to new research, children who experienced corporal punishment performed worse in maths, four years later.

Paediatricians renew call to abandon spanking

2018-11-26 08:16

Research has shown that spanking, shouting at or shaming children can elevate stress hormones and lead to changes in their brain structure.

Countries that ban spanking see less teen violence

2018-10-16 15:58

In countries that have a complete ban on corporal punishment, the rates of physical fighting among teens are as much as 69% lower than in countries without such a ban, a study has found.

The consequences of spanking your child might be more severe than you think

2018-01-30 12:27

Can spanking lead your child to be violent in future relationships?

If we insist on violence at home, we can't complain about a violent society

2017-10-31 12:05

The normalisation of violence in our society has not allowed us to think of discipline outside of violence. Given the inherited trauma, we have developed violent coping mechanisms, writes Ashanti Kunene.

Does the Bible condone corporal punishment?

2017-10-26 13:43

Does the Bible condone corporal punishment or other forms of retributive violence? You can certainly argue that it does, but it also self-corrects, and here is why and how, writes Riaan de Villiers.

'Spanking judgment' encroaches on parents' freedom

2017-10-24 07:55

The so-called "spanking judgment" sets a very dangerous precedent for other cases where children's rights have to be weighed against parental and religious rights, writes Michael Swain.

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