28 November 2018
The Constitutional Court will this week consider the constitutionality of the use of corporal punishment in the home. The court prohibited beatings in detention settings in 1995 and in schools in 2000.
At present, the common law defence of “reasonable chastisement” allows parents to hit their children as a form of discipline. The central question before the court on November 29 is whether this practice violates children’s rights.
The case is an appeal to a judgment by the high court in Johannesburg, which struck down the defence of “reasonable chastisement” in October last year.
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