Bay split over spanking

Shaanaaz de Jager

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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