that he is going to beat her, and yet he is lying (G, 9yr, 16). The childrens narratives showed how they would use their parents and teachers use of corporal punishment as a way of resolving interpersonal conflict, at times even fabricating problems so that others would be beaten. According to a local research, parents who use corporal punishment noticed that their children have actually become distant, dazed, afraid and stunned. Ria Mae cites a pooled analysis of 88 studies done over 62 years showing that the use of corporal punishment for instilling discipline in children results in immediate compliance in correcting whatever behavior their parents wanted changed. Damage to the parentchild relationship is a well-established outcome of exposure to corporal punishment and our data showed how this impacts on how children make use of potential resources. Increasingly, there is a recognition of the importance of eliciting childrens views about their experiences (. Okay so what happened then, when you woke up having wet your bed, what did she do to you? The monitor threatened that she would write her name on the board so she would be beaten if she shared her apple with the other friend. There is a dearth of good quality data on the prevalence of corporal punishment in South Africa, and this knowledge gaps weaken efforts to develop viable interventions to address this form of violence against children ( Dawes., 2005 ). Any kind, degree, and frequency of corporal punishment are violence against children and should be redefined culturally and legally as unacceptable and unreasonable. In a report on corporal punishment in 35 low-and middle-income countries (lmic 6 of the 10 countries in which corporal punishment was found to be very prevalent are in Sub-Saharan Africa with more than 80 of children in these countries reporting being beaten at home.
When we fight sometimes she writes me down then she said I will see, I will also write you write your name on the board, I will show you (G, 9yr, 3). Corporal punishment emerged as an everyday reality for the children. While the use of corporal punishment is often attributed to individual causes, such as the characteristics of the child or parent/teacher, it is equally important to understand the societal enablers (. Another child, when asked about what he liked about his mother, responded: Its beating. In these schools, classrooms are overcrowded and under-resourced, and teachers are often under-qualified and overworked ( Makgato Mji, 2006 ). If I had fought with another child I am afraid to tell my father, its like he will beat me or insult me (G, 10yr, 18). She emphasizes that what we need instead are programs that would educate parents how to be parents. The use of objects in the beatings such as belts, whips, towels and shoes were common. Dobbs Duncan, 2004 ; Willow Hyder, 1998 with parents defining it as a gentle tap or a loving smack, whereas children defined it as a hard hit or a very hard hit (.