African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, 1st extraordinary session (2014)

Recommendations/observations on corporal punishment in the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child's concluding observations to states examined in the 1st extraordinary session, 2014

South Africa

([October 2014], Concluding observations on initial report, paras. 34 and 35)

"The Committee appreciates the measures undertaken by the State Party to prohibit corporal punishment in all spheres of the public life of the child. The Committee also takes note of the ongoing process to amend the Children’s Act, among others, with a view to explicitly prohibit corporal punishment in the home setting.

"The Committee recommends that the State Party expedite the process of amending the Children’s Act to explicitly ban corporal punishment in all settings including in the home. The Committee also calls upon the State Party to promote positive disciplining, to support families through awareness raising, and to train those who are working for and with children such as teachers and care givers. Moreover, the Committee advises the Government of South Africa to harmonize its national laws such as the common law which entitle parents to reasonably punish their children."

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