Instead of focusing on rebuilding the country after years of state capture, we were distracted by a sideshow, writes Mandy Wiener.
ConCourt's ruling to ban corporal punishment in the home has been extensively scrutinised from a religious perspective but not much has been mentioned by way of customary law. Here, Advocate Daluxolo Batyi weighs in on the debate.
Freedom of Religion South Africa says it is fuming after the Constitutional Court upheld a ruling that declared corporal punishment at home unconstitutional.
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.
Paarl Boys' High pupils have rallied around their head of discipline after a difficult week of allegations of corporal punishment at the elite institution.
What is your take on smacking children as a means of disciplining them?
Do you agree that "Spanking is often the first step in the cycle of child abuse”?
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.
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.
"Children are precious and they need to be protected at all times."
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.
We live in an age of extreme understanding and fantastic sensitivity. Which is wonderful as long as the product of our sensitivity isn't spoiled and self-absorbed and entitled children, writes Howard Feldman.
A Copesville mother is livid after her eight-year-old daughter was allegedly physically assaulted by her Grade 3 teacher at the Pietermaritzburg school she attends.
If you are allowing your children to be hit, you are part of South Africa's problem, writes Helena Wasserman.
Evidence in the clip reflects that the teacher did not “intend” to cause physical pain to the learner.
"To date, spanking has been banned in 53 countries and states globally."
According to new research, children who experienced corporal punishment performed worse in maths, four years later.
Research has shown that spanking, shouting at or shaming children can elevate stress hormones and lead to changes in their brain structure.
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.
Can spanking lead your child to be violent in future relationships?
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.
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