[LISTEN] There is a difference between assault and spanking children

Freedom of Religion South Africa says it is against a High Court ruling, that outlawed corporal punishment in your home.

On Thursday, the Gauteng High Court ruled on that the defence of reasonable chastisement was not in line with the Constitution.

Michael Swain is the executive director at Freedom of Religion South Africa.

He explains how a reasonable amount of chastisement does not amount to violence.

Many parents believe that this is something which does not in any way amount to violence or child abuse which is obviously deplorable, but there is a big difference between that and reasonable and moderate chastisement.

Michael Swain, Executive Director at Freedom of Religion South Africa.

Many parents believe that this is something which is part of their parenting tool, but almost always as a last resort, almost always must be in love and not in anger, that is what differentiates it from a physical assault which is completely unacceptable.

Michael Swain, Executive Director at Freedom of Religion South Africa.

Swain says loving parents are potentially being criminalized.

Director at Department of Private Law University of Pretoria, Professor Ann Skelton says while there is a difference in chastising and assault, the ruling is logical.

It is time that our law brought our children onto the same footing in terms of needing protection from the law, against being beaten in the home.

Professor Ann Skelton, Director at Department of Private Law University of Pretoria

We talked about the fact that the problem is that it creates a tolerance of violence and that is not something we want to pass onto our children.

Professor Ann Skelton, Director at Department of Private Law University of Pretoria

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