Teachers assault kids, then only get a slap on the wrist, court hears
Legal body takes Sace to court for leniency towards teachers who pleaded guilty to charges of assault
Children across SA experience corporal punishment on almost a daily basis in schools, despite it being outlawed more than 25 years ago.
This is what Chris McConnachie, the advocate representing public interest law centre Section27 contended in the North Gauteng high court in Pretoria on Tuesday in a case involving the SA Council for Educators (Sace).
In December 2020 Section27, on behalf of the Centre for Child Law in Pretoria and the parents of two pupils aged seven and 10, initiated a case against Sace for allegedly imposing lenient sanctions on two teachers who pleaded guilty to assaulting pupils in their classrooms...