Media mogul Bonang Matheba has weighed in on a Constitutional Court ruling that spanking children is illegal, joking that African moms won’t have any of it. The ConCourt said in a statement on Wednesday that the ruling had its roots in a 2017 case of a father who was convicted of assaulting his 13-year-old son. The father argued that he was administering moderate and reasonable chastisement under common law.
The ruling has split South Africa with human rights groups claiming that chastising children by spanking them unjustifiably limited their rights to dignity and freedom from violence and amounted to assault. Beyond the heated discussions at the dinner table and office water cooler, social media was buzzing with comments on the ruling.
Bonang was one of the most famous voices to respond to the judgement and joked that African moms would respond by saying “not in my house”. Her tweet garnered over 4,700 likes and nearly a thousand retweets.
It also drew over around 300 comments, with many fans sharing stories of their own experiences of growing up with “the belt”.
I can hear all the African moms already , “not in my household!” 😰 https://t.co/nGfk4cMsIK
— Bonang B* Matheba (@bonang_m) September 18, 2019
I came home and explained this clearly..I made it clear he doesnt work for a living, eats all my food and wears my clothes. Told him he can call the cops if he wants to with my airtime but he will leave my house the same way he came…naked, cold and hungry
— vuyokazi (@VuyokaziK) September 18, 2019
No government will tell me how to discipline my child . Its discipline. Its not abuse. They must focus on child abuse and how it can be stopped otherwise bahlale phantsi if they have nothing to discuss.
— PinkGloss (@pinkgloss051) September 18, 2019
Go stay with your constitutional court parents hayi apha kwam 😔 pic.twitter.com/KYNDoBTW6q
— 🇿🇦Msiyasco🇮🇹 (@SiyabongaMtshu1) September 18, 2019
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Vanderbijlpark preschool teacher Tharina Human and two co-accused are due to appear in the magistrate’s court on Thursday to make bail applications after being arrested in connection with the kidnapping of Amy’Leigh de Jager, 6. Human, 27, Laetitia Nel, 40, and Pieter van Zyl, 50, all of Vanderbijlpark, have been in custody since their arrest shortly after Amy’Leigh’s safe return to her family.
Amy’Leigh’s parents Wynand and Angeline de Jager arrived at court early. They were initially seated in the front row of the courtroom, making small talk while waiting for proceedings to begin. The couple later moved to the second row, shielding their faces behind other family members. Read more