Corporal Punishment

You can’t beat discipline into a child

Children displaying aberrant behaviour have often been traumatised and require counselling

Our children are killers and we need to change this

They learnt violence at home and in society which is marred by inequality and poverty

Cape Town school to decide on way forward following video of teacher slapping pupil

The education department has asked the public not to conclude that the incident is racially motivated until the investigation has been completed

Landmark moment for children’s rights in South Africa

The constitutionality of corporal punishment in the home will be determined by the apex court

Instil discipline in schools but don’t break the pupils

Discipline in schools is about authority and leadership

Discipline in schools: What the law says you can and can’t do

There is a difference between discipline and corporal punishment: one means teaching acceptable behaviours and the other intends grievous bodily harm

‘Spanking judgement sets a dangerous precedent’

Freedom of Religion SA on Monday said a high court ruling which ordered parents to no longer spank their children would set a dangerous precedent.

Should the government tell you how to discipline your children?

New research reveals complex relationships between harsh parenting and violence later in life for children.

SAHRC recommends ban on corporal punishment

If Cabinet goes ahead with the process to enact the requisite legislation, it will be illegal for parents and caregivers to hit children.

Pupils Speak Out: Not all public schools have the resources that my school has

A 16-year-old Islamic pupil writes about her school experience, which is different from the average, and how we can go about changing education.

Pupils Speak Out: ‘They beat us in a way they would not beat their children’

Corporal punishment may be illegal, but pupils are subjected to it anyway - leading them to feel ashamed to go to school. One pupil tells their story.

Sparing the rod, rebuilding the child

New approaches to school discipline are focusing on empathy over enmity.


Tshwane water woes in court again

The municipality has been accused of deliberately derailing the contract to sort out toxic water crisis in Hammanskraal

Life in lockdown: Behind closed doors keeping out the coronavirus

South African students in China are staying behind closed doors due to the coronavirus outbreak

Apartheid criminals still at large

Corporations and banks that aided the apartheid regime have not been brought to book, so they continue to act with impunity

Press Releases

Response to the report of the independent assessors

VUT welcomes the publishing of the report of the independent assessors to investigate concerns of poor governance, leadership, management, corruption and fraud at the university.

NWU student receives international award

Carol-Mari Schulz received the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Occupational Hygiene Top Achiever Award.

Academic programme resumes at all campuses

Lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials will all resume today as per specific academic timetables.

Strategic social investments are a catalyst for social progress

Barloworld Mbewu enables beneficiaries to move away from dependence on grant funding

We all have a part to play to make South Africa work

Powering societal progress demands partnerships between all stakeholders

So you want to be a social entrepreneur?

Do the research first; it will save money and time later

Social entrepreneurship means business

Enterprises with a cause at their core might be exactly what our economy desperately needs

Looking inwards

Businesses are finding tangible ways to give back – but only because consumers demand it