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During 2007 and 2010, the Centre for Child Law entered into an agreement with the Legal Aid South Africa (previously "Legal Aid Board") in terms of which the Centre provided assistance to Legal Aid SA practitioners on matters relating to children. The Centre sent out a weekly newsletter on child law matters, as listed below. While these newsletters have not been updated since 2010, they may provide a useful starting point for practitioners.

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International Child Abductions

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Imprisonment of Young Offenders

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Parental Rights and Responsibilities Overview

 

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23 October 2017

Court outlaws "reasonable chastisement" defence to corporal punishment of children in the home

"Parents should think twice about lifting their hands to their children; those who hit children will no longer be able to plead special defence in court if criminally charged. 

The Gauteng High Court, Joburg, ruled on Thursday that the defence of reasonable chastisement was not in line with the constitution and no longer applied in law. 

The judgment did not create a new offence, as hitting a child, whether your own or someone else's, has always been assault under the country’s criminal law." - Zelda Venter

Read more of Zelda Venter's article here .

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Zita and Ann from CCL outside court on the day the judgment was handed down. CCL represented three of the parties in the matter. Download the judgment here .

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Prohib of corporal punishment in Africa

Read stats on corporal punishment in Africa here .

 

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