20°C / 22°C
  • Wed
  • 32°C
  • 14°C
  • Thu
  • 30°C
  • 13°C
  • Fri
  • 31°C
  • 13°C
  • Sat
  • 32°C
  • 14°C
  • Sun
  • 33°C
  • 19°C
  • Mon
  • 34°C
  • 16°C
  • Wed
  • 22°C
  • 13°C
  • Thu
  • 23°C
  • 14°C
  • Fri
  • 23°C
  • 15°C
  • Sat
  • 23°C
  • 15°C
  • Sun
  • 22°C
  • 15°C
  • Mon
  • 21°C
  • 14°C
  • Wed
  • 33°C
  • 15°C
  • Thu
  • 32°C
  • 15°C
  • Fri
  • 32°C
  • 14°C
  • Sat
  • 33°C
  • 15°C
  • Sun
  • 35°C
  • 16°C
  • Mon
  • 36°C
  • 19°C
  • Wed
  • 31°C
  • 16°C
  • Thu
  • 31°C
  • 14°C
  • Fri
  • 33°C
  • 15°C
  • Sat
  • 34°C
  • 16°C
  • Sun
  • 34°C
  • 16°C
  • Mon
  • 36°C
  • 18°C
  • Wed
  • 23°C
  • 18°C
  • Thu
  • 25°C
  • 16°C
  • Fri
  • 27°C
  • 18°C
  • Sat
  • 27°C
  • 17°C
  • Sun
  • 30°C
  • 19°C
  • Mon
  • 26°C
  • 20°C
  • Wed
  • 20°C
  • 13°C
  • Thu
  • 21°C
  • 12°C
  • Fri
  • 24°C
  • 14°C
  • Sat
  • 22°C
  • 16°C
  • Sun
  • 21°C
  • 17°C
  • Mon
  • 21°C
  • 16°C
  • Wed
  • 27°C
  • 11°C
  • Thu
  • 31°C
  • 13°C
  • Fri
  • 32°C
  • 18°C
  • Sat
  • 29°C
  • 17°C
  • Sun
  • 25°C
  • 15°C
  • Mon
  • 24°C
  • 12°C
  • Wed
  • 20°C
  • 13°C
  • Thu
  • 25°C
  • 14°C
  • Fri
  • 26°C
  • 16°C
  • Sat
  • 24°C
  • 16°C
  • Sun
  • 21°C
  • 15°C
  • Mon
  • 19°C
  • 13°C
  • Wed
  • 34°C
  • 17°C
  • Thu
  • 32°C
  • 18°C
  • Fri
  • 33°C
  • 16°C
  • Sat
  • 34°C
  • 16°C
  • Sun
  • 36°C
  • 18°C
  • Mon
  • 37°C
  • 19°C
  • Wed
  • 31°C
  • 17°C
  • Thu
  • 33°C
  • 14°C
  • Fri
  • 33°C
  • 16°C
  • Sat
  • 33°C
  • 17°C
  • Sun
  • 34°C
  • 16°C
  • Mon
  • 35°C
  • 17°C
  • Wed
  • 28°C
  • 14°C
  • Thu
  • 28°C
  • 13°C
  • Fri
  • 29°C
  • 11°C
  • Sat
  • 32°C
  • 10°C
  • Sun
  • 34°C
  • 13°C
  • Mon
  • 37°C
  • 15°C
  • Wed
  • 23°C
  • 13°C
  • Thu
  • 24°C
  • 13°C
  • Fri
  • 25°C
  • 16°C
  • Sat
  • 22°C
  • 16°C
  • Sun
  • 22°C
  • 15°C
  • Mon
  • 21°C
  • 13°C

ConCourt says corporal punishment unlawful at home

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, who presided over the case, said that the defence of reasonable chastisement was inconsistent with the Constitution.

FILE: The Constitutional Court. Picture: Clement Manyathela/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Constitutional Court has ruled that corporal punishment cannot be used in private homes.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, who presided over the case, said that the defence of reasonable chastisement was inconsistent with the Constitution.

“We can conclude that the common law defence with, among others, the provisions of Sections 10 and 12 of the Constitution and is therefore invalid," he said.

The case was brought last year by Freedom of religion South Africa against a High Court ruling which effectively declared all forms of corporal punishment by parents on their children unlawful.

The court had found a father guilty of assault after he beat his 13-year-old son in what it said was a manner that exceeded the bounds of reasonable chastisement.

Freedom of Religion South Africa argued that parents should be given the right to discipline their children without the interference of the state.

Comments

EWN welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

- Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
- Sexism
- Homophobia
- Religious intolerance
- Cyber bullying
- Hate speech
- Derogatory language
- Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the EWN community a safe and welcoming space for all.

EWN reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

EWN is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

comments powered by Disqus