Sending mom who beat her son to jail is not the solution to the problem

Sending mom who beat her son to jail is not the solution to the problem.
Sending mom who beat her son to jail is not the solution to the problem.
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I find it naive and unthinkable that the SA Human Rights Commission (HRC) manager, Victor Mavhidula, says they will make sure the mother who beat her young son goes to jail.

People must not get me wrong, I am against any form of abuse, especially domestic. I have never seen the video clip, but that doesn't matter.

There are many ways of handling this case, I believe, but is sending the mother to jail a solution? Really?

Is Mavhidula going to take over the caring of the child, in everything, I mean everything?

Is he sure he is not damaging the relationship between mother and child? Was he not supposed to intervene in a positive way? I think the HRC should be helping the mother, an anger management course is one way.

What kind of message is given to the child once he is told his mother is in jail for beating him? Is this not building hatred in the child? Is this what our society needs, where children and parents don't see eye to eye, where children end up being street kids?

When the mother is in jail, denied bail, where is the child and his siblings if there are any? Who will take care of them? The HRC should help the mother, not destroy her.

Maybe, according to the commission, the boy does not need the mother anymore for his upbringing.

MD Kganyago

GaThoka, Mankweng

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