Amcu boss ‘will spank’ because the Bible tells him so

Amcu boss ‘will spank’ because the Bible tells him so

Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa speaks at the conference in Gauteng, 20 September 2019. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Joseph Mathunjwa, a deeply religious union leader, described the ANC-led government as ‘anti-God’ and said ‘God is above the law made by man’.

Basing his argument on the Bible, Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) president Joseph Mathunjwa this week punched holes in the Constitutional Court ruling outlawing corporal punishment of children at home, saying he would defy the law because he grew up being spanked by his parents. Upholding a 2017 high court ruling, which made it illegal for parents to spank their children at home, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng this week dismissed an appeal by civil society group Freedom of Religion South Africa, which believed the judgment would make criminals of well-meaning parents. Describing the ANC-led government as “anti-God”, Mathunjwa...




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