Cape Town, South Africa
South African lawmakers have given their thumbs up to a proposed law banning parents or guardians from spanking their charges.
The law is an attempt to widen a ban on corporal punishment in schools, which was passed several years ago, to the home.
"Prosecution of a parent or person holding parental responsibilities and rights ... may be instituted if the punishment constitutes abuse of the child."
The draft was passed on Tuesday by the National Council of Provinces.
It now has to pass through the National Assembly before being rubberstamped by President Thabo Mbeki. -- AFP