Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng handed down the ruling this 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.
In handing down judgment, Mogoeng said there are other ways to discipline children.
He added that physical chastising of a child goes against their constitutional right.
the result, the decision in the high court is upheld."
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