Corporal punishment is illegal in South Africa since its ban in 1996. However, despite the unlawfulness and unconstitutionality of corporal punishment, incidents involving the physical abuse of learners by educators at schools in South Africa remain prevalent. SECTION27’s continued work in advancing the right to education reveals that such conduct is often under-reported and inadequately dealt with by education authorities. It is for this reason, we have developed the following manual to help inform learners, parents and educators on the various processes for reporting corporal punishment.

After reading this manual, if you are still unsure about how to report corporal punishment, you can contact our advice desk for further assistance: +27 60 754 0751.