OPINION: Are customary practices exempt from the 'no smacking' ruling?

2019-10-08 07:24

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.

Spanking ban is dangerous, destructive and disturbing, says lobby group

2019-09-18 16:00

Freedom of Religion South Africa says it is fuming after the Constitutional Court upheld a ruling that declared corporal punishment at home unconstitutional.

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.


OPINION | Spanking: Edging towards a nanny state (without the ability to nanny)

2019-09-18 19:00

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.

Local teacher ‘hit pupil (8) with plank’

2019-07-30 16:39

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.

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.

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