The Constitutional Court ruling that spanking children is illegal has drawn mixed reactions on social media.
In a statement on Wednesday‚ the ConCourt said the ruling had its roots in a 2017 case‚ in which a father was convicted of assaulting his 13-year-old son. It further stated that the ruling was meant to advance SA towards non-violence.
Human rights groups‚ including Sonke Gender Justice and The Children’s Institute‚ said chastising children by spanking them unjustifiably limited their rights to dignity and freedom from violence and amounted to assault.
Some were far from pleased‚ while others asked for tips on how to best raise children without subjecting them to violence.
(There is no evidence that corporal punishment is an effective method of discipline and it has been shown to have severely negative effects on the child – Ed)
Imagine coming back home to this surprise and you can't spank them because it unconstitutional 😲 eyoh Angeke I might as well take them to #ConCourt and lay charges for malicious damage to property they must serve time. pic.twitter.com/bq3OvSaC5H
— Charles Dimoke (@Charles_Dimoke) September 18, 2019
— Lecron JJ™️ (@Lecron) September 18, 2019
— SabsShluthu (@Sabz_Shluthu) September 18, 2019
I can already hear that one black parent "spanking their child nge vaslaap saying "ucabanga ukuthi kuse Constitutional Court la? Kukwami la Dammit" 😂😂😂#ConCourt
— Gazania🌼 (@lelo_enhle) September 18, 2019
— Dr E (@temi_emi) September 18, 2019
I think the #ConCourt decision on chastising your children is an indictment on what we call/accept as ‘parenting’.
Truth is, we don’t know any other discipline methods but the rod or threats of violence. We scoff at the alternatives without trying them.
— Mafungwase (@NomMkhize1) September 19, 2019
Dear Parents Twitter,
Share tips on how to discipline children without yelling or hitting them. #ConCourt
— Khanya Thembane (@noksy_k) September 18, 2019