Deputy Minister of Police, Cassel Mathale, says parents must stop blaming the country’s constitution for some teenager’s bad behaviour.
Mathale and National Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khehla Sitole addressed residents of Setlagole in the North West province on Friday.
The police leadership’s visit to the province forms part of the annual 16 days activism for no violence against women and children campaign that started on 25 November and ends on 10 December.
During an interaction with Mathale and Sitole one of the residents, Ezekiel Molefe, expressed his wish for the return of corporal punishment.
“Our children are uncontrollable, they are controlled by government. When we parents try to talk to them they say they have rights. I am suggesting that government reverse this decision to scrap corporal punishment to allow us as parents to discipline our children, [in order] for them to be responsible citizens of tomorrow. My last word is that government has deserted us. We don’t have peace anymore. Our very own children steal our peace,” Molefe said.
In response to Molefe’s call, deputy minister Mathale said the constitution must not be blamed if parents fail to control their children.
“Children are misguided by their parents and the neighborhood they grow up in. You must not blame the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa when you fail to raise your children in your homes and villages. Where was the constitution when you gave birth? When a child is born the child’s parents are present, and when a child is born he or she is not given to the country to raise. The child is taken to the parents’ home. It is the responsibility of the family of the child to raise a responsible child. It’s not the constitution of the Republic of South Africa that educates a girl child to love a doll and while a boy is bought a toy gun, it’s not the constitution. It’s still not the constitution that teaches a boy child not to cook, clean and wash his clothes, it’s the parents,” he said.
Mathale added that the nation needs to unite to fight gender-based violence.
“We will never defeat the violent acts against women, children and vulnerable groups unless we work together and stand up and say enough is enough, here and no more,” Mathale said.