Pumza Fihlani: South African children rejoice as smacking banned

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A recent court ruling has got South Africans of all ages discussing the merits, and otherwise, of smacking children.

“Is it true that parents are not allowed to spank their children any more?” came the question from my 10-year-old step-daughter at the dinner table.

I had barely swallowed my food or gathered my thoughts before she continued: “It hurts you know, children don’t like being spanked.”

And there it was, my chance to regain my footing and win back this little exchange: “Well it’s punishment dear, you’re not supposed to like it.”

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