The Constitutional Court has ruled that corporal punishment is illegal at home.
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng upheld a 2017 high court ruling which made it illegal for parents to spank their children at home, dismissing an appeal to the ruling.
The ruling was appealed by civil society group Freedom of Religion South Africa (For SA) which believed the judgment would make criminals of well-meaning parents.
In a unanimous judgment drafted by Chief Justice Mogoeng, the Constitutional Court has upheld the decision of the High Court to do away with the common law defence of reasonable chastisement.— Centre for Child Law (@UPChildLaw) September 18, 2019
Then the high court found that a defence that allows parents to physically discipline their children violates children’s rights and that the protection of children from all forms of violence is critical in our context of alarmingly high levels of violence against children.
The judgment comes at a time when violence against women and children has been a burning issue in the country.
The Constitutional Court has also dismissed an application for leave to appeal from the Presidency after the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) dismissed its bid to have the court overturn a ruling relating to the release of records explaining former president Jacob Zuma's Cabinet reshuffle.
Judgment: It is not in the interests of justice to decide whether the reasons for the dismissal of Ministers and their Deputies, and the record of proceedings relating thereto, should be disclosed. pic.twitter.com/glQIwxfzyR— Constitutional Court (@ConCourtSA) September 18, 2019