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Children can be canned for now: ConCourt

THE Constitutional Court (ConCourt) yesterday ruled that the administration of corporal punishment to children by teachers, parents and courts will remain in force until the matter has been properly dealt with.

The order effectively sets aside High Court judge Justice Ester Muremba’s order last December, which outlawed the administration of corporal punishment on errant juveniles to safeguard their rights.

In its brief ruling, the ConCourt, headed by Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku, said the order by Justice Muremba was no longer operational until as and when the matter would be heard by the ConCourt.

“The matter is postponed sine die (indefinitely) and for the avoidance of doubt and for the guidance of the subordinate court, the order by Muremba J is not operational until the guidance of this court and the law is as it was before that order,” Justice Chidyausiku said.

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