ConCourt upholds judgement outlawing spanking

ConCourt upholds judgement outlawing spanking

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

by Sibahle Motha

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng handed down the ruling this morning.

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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.

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

"In the result, the decision in the high court is upheld."

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