popular
Andrew Aitchison/Getty Images

South Africans are Reacting to the Constitutional Court's Ruling on Spanking

Not everyone is happy that spanking is now unconstitutional.

Yesterday, South Africa's Constitutional Court ruled that the spanking of children is now unconstitutional. The ruling upheld a previous ruling by the High Court back in 2017, that criminalized spanking after a father beat his 13-year-old son "in a manner that exceeded the bounds of reasonable chastisement". Parents or guardians can no longer use the common law defense of "reasonable chastisement" should they be charged with assault for spanking their children. While many South Africans as well as children's rights activists and organizations have welcomed the ruling, others have rubbished it entirely.


Some South Africans feel that spanking and any form of corporal punishment in the home setting is unnecessary and that other alternatives should be employed. They've also condemned those who've quipped that they were spanked when they were growing up but "turned out just fine", and added that spanking has possibly contributed to the culture of violence in South Africa, especially violence towards women and children.





Other South Africans feel hard done by the ruling citing that the government has no right to impose their "ideals" on how parents choose to discipline their own children. Many have also referenced religious texts which encourage the spanking of children as a way to instill values and respect for others. Some have even gone as far as saying that the ruling imposes Western ideals on the "African" and "traditional " ways of disciplining children.




While South Africans appear divided as a result of the ruling, what remains is that the ruling has now paved the way for the development of legal frameworks and laws governing the act of spanking.

popular
Sumy Sadurni/Getty Images

President Yoweri Museveni Has Called Bobi Wine 'An Enemy of Progress in Uganda'

The Ugandan president has accused the opposition leader of thwarting foreign investment into the country.

Ugandan opposition leader of the People Power Movement (PPM), Bobi Wine, continues to be the proverbial thorn in President Yoweri Museveni's side. The head of state, who's been in power for a little over three decades, described Wine as an "enemy of progress in Uganda" during a recent interview with the BBC. President Museveni has accused Wine of standing in the way of Uganda's prosperity by dissuading people from investing in the country. He also refuted claims made by Wine that his government is repressive.

Keep reading... Show less
News Brief

Listen to Sliqe’s New Album ‘Injayam, Vol. 2’

Stream Sliqe's new album.

South African hip-hop deejay Sliqe has finally released his sophomore album. Injayam, Vol. 2 is a sequel to his debut album Injayam, Vol. 1, which he released in 2016.

Keep reading... Show less
popular
(Photo Courtesy of DIARRABLU)

Meet the Senegalese Designer Making Math Chic

Diarra Bousso uses algorithms to create designs for her line DIARRABLU.

Who knew that math and fashion could work together so seamlessly? Apparently Diarra Bousso did, the self-described "Creative Mathematician" and mastermind behind DIARRABLU. The Senegalese serial entrepreneur and multidisciplinary artist left a career of trading on Wall Street to pursue design and it paid off. She has just been awarded a coveted spot as the Designer in Residence at the San Francisco Fashion Incubator for her innovative use of equations and algorithms in her beautiful designs.

Keep reading... Show less
popular
(Photo by Emma McIntyre/BAFTA LA/Getty Images for BAFTA LA)

Daniel Kaluuya Is Producing a Live-Action 'Barney' Movie with Mattel

Yes, you read that correctly.

In a move that absolutely no one saw coming, Oscar-nominated actor Daniel Kaluuya is set to produce a live-action Barney movie in conjunction with Mattel Films. The Hollywood Reporter first broke the story.

Kaluuya will co-produce the film as part of his 59% production banner, which signed a first-look deal with Paramount back in May. Speaking on his involvement with the project and the impact of Barney & Friends, Kaluuya had this to say: "Barney was a ubiquitous figure in many of our childhoods, then he disappeared into the shadows, left misunderstood. We're excited to explore this compelling modern-day hero and see if his message of 'I love you, you love me' can stand the test of time."

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

news.