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South Africa has Ruled that Spanking Children is Now Unconstitutional

The judgement was unanimous.

Back in 2017, the South African High Court ruled that it was illegal for parents or guardians to spank their children i.e. use corporal punishment in the home setting. The ruling arose after a father allegedly beat his 13-year-old son "in a manner that exceeded the bounds of reasonable chastisement". Today, the Constitutional Court has upheld the High Court's 2017 ruling and declared that the spanking of children is a violation of the constitution.

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Dear Black Parents: It's Time You Did Away With the Belt

Spanking is now legally assault in South Africa—it's about time.

As a child, I vividly remember being sent outside to fetch a branch from a tree that would then be used to whip me. It was a frightful experience and I often started crying way before the actual whipping itself began. I wanted to explain that I had indeed learned my lesson and didn't need the spanking, but of course, no one would believe that until I had the tears streaming down my face to prove it.

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