PARENTS around Nelson Mandela Bay are divided over whether the government’s proposal to ban them from spanking their children is a good idea.
A new law making it illegal for parents to discipline their children by hitting them is on the cards. Under this law, parents may be charged with assault if they use a flat hand on a child’s bottom, or any other form of corporal punishment.
Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini had earlier said: “If a husband beats a wife it’s a crime, but if a parent hits a child, who is helpless, it’s not illegal.”
But some parents said yesterday the government needed to consider parents’ opinions before passing such laws.
Corporal punishment in schools was banned in 2006.
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