Spanking your children at home illegal, says ConCourt

Spanking your children at home illegal, says ConCourt

The Constitutional Court has upheld the 2017 high court judgment outlawing corporal punishment in private homes.

by Sibahle Motha

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng handed down the ruling on Wednesday morning.


The landmark ruling was appealed by civil society group Freedom of Religion South Africa on the grounds that the judgment would turn well-meaning parents into criminals.

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In handing down the judgment, Mogoeng said there are other ways to instil discipline in children.


He added that physical chastising of a child goes against their constitutional right.


"In the result, the decision in the high court is upheld and the following order is made. one - Freedom of Religion South Africa is granted leave to intervene, two - their appeal is dismissed."



Corporal punishment was banned in detention in 1995 and schools in 2000.

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