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SAHRC calls on govt to help end corporal punishment in homes

The SAHRC says it’s disappointing there hasn’t been any significant developments on punishment in homes.

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) logo. Picture: www.sahrc.org.za

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is calling on the Social Development Department to consider promoting alternative forms of non-violent parenting to see an end to corporal punishment in the home.

The commission has recommended that Cabinet order social development to criminalise spanking and other forms of physical discipline.

In 1996, South Africa implemented legislation to outlaw corporal punishment in schools.

But the SAHRC says it's disappointing that 20 years later, there hasn't been any significant developments on punishment in private spaces.

Commission spokesperson Isaac Mangena says, "The Department of Social Development and the Department of Education has, so far, not acted on their commitment to prohibit corporal punishment in the home and in school. It is really worrying that after 1996, we are talking about the same thing."