South Africa May Outlaw Spanking at Home


If the Children’s Rights Project has its way, it will soon be illegal to spank your child in South Africa. The non-govermental organization, which is based at the University of the Western Cape, is working with South Africa’s government to draft a bill that, if passed, would outlaw corporal punishment in the home. This is the second bid by the Children’s Rights Project to get spanking prohibited. An initial attempt failed in 2007 following opposition by cultural, religious and civil society groups.

“If a husband beats a wife it’s a crime, but if a parents hits a child who is helpless, it’s not illegal,” Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini told the Sunday Times. Under the draft law, parents would be charged with assault if, at home, they used a flat hand on a child’s bottom or enacted other forms of corporal punishment.

(MORE: Why Spanking Doesn’t Work)


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