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Spanking ruling ‘interferes’ with parents’ rights to discipline children

A court ruled that parents would not be able to use the common law argument of reasonable punishment as a defense for spanking their children.

Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - A recent court ruling which makes it illegal for parents to spank their children has been described as interfering with the rights of parents to discipline their children.

Last week, the South Gauteng High Court ruled that parents would not be able to use the common law argument of reasonable punishment as a defense for spanking their children.

Cultural expert Nomagugu Ngobese says there's a difference between discipline and abuse.

“Reprimanding your child does not mean it’s abuse but for example, if you throw a pot on your child that is abuse, you are fighting and it falls under corporal punishment.”

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