It is against the law for a parent or carer to smack their child, except where this amounts to “reasonable punishment”. As the law stands now, parents cannot strike children with the intent to harm them, nor can they spank a child younger than two or older than 12. The ngo says the judgment does not have the effect of creating a new offence. But perhaps the most compelling reason is the simple fact that violence begets violence. In other words, what the supreme court stated was legal today might not be legal tomorrow because international laws are changing and research continues to show that physical discipline is harmful. News corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services.
Laws against spanking
Join the news24 community to be involved in breaking the news. Pretoria – parents should think twice about lifting their hands to their children; those who hit children will no longer be able to plead special defence in court if criminally charged. Research also shows that serious child abuse decreases when countries abolish corporal punishment.