New spanking law drafted

The government is drafting a new law that will make it illegal for parents to spank their children.

According to the Sunday Times, parents could soon be charged for assault if they smack their children’s bottoms with a flat hand or use any other form of corporal punishment in the home. Corporal punishment has been prohibited in schools since 2006.

The Sunday Times quoted Social Development Minister Bathile Dlamini as saying: “If a husband beats a wife it’s a crime, but if a parent hits a child who is helpless, it’s not illegal.”

Dlamini said that the draft law was being considered so that parents didn’t end up killing their own children. She said that parents had a responsibility to raise their children with proper values, the Sunday Times reported.