Wednesday, 18 September 2019 10:59


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.


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.