S.Africa has joined the positions of nations in Africa that have banned flogging after a High Court in Johannesburg decided that the safeguard of sensible reprimand was not in accordance with the constitution.
The decision implies that guardians will experience difficulty shielding themselves if criminal accusations are petitioned for punishing a youngster.
Beating is basic is a few African settings including at schools and is seen as the best method of youngster train.
The judgment did not make another offense, as hitting a kid, regardless of whether your own particular or somebody else’s, has dependably been strike under the nation’s criminal law.
However, in the past a parent who smacked or spanked a child had special defence of reasonable chastisement to plead. They stood to be acquitted of assault if they could prove that the chastisement was moderate and reasonable.
High Court Judge Kightly in reading her ruling said it was time for parents to be held responsible .
“Many parents may believe they they are behaving reasonably. However, given the levels of child abuse and domestic violence in our country, it is likely that many a child is subjected to levels of physical punishment that, regardless of their parents’ belief, they are unable to withstand”.
Countries such as Kenya, Tunisia and South Sudan actually abolished corporal punishment in all settings.