Nongoma - KZN's Art and Culture MEC Hlengiwe Mavimbela has encouraged women to not be 'soft' on their children and even beat them up whenever they go astray.
Mavimbela was addressing hundreds of mothers who are at Ivivane Ceremony, which is their annual five-day workshop held at King Goodwill Zwelithini’s Khangela palace in KwaNongoma, Zululand.
“I have a 25-year-old son, but I still beat him," she said. "We cannot be threatened with arrest (for assaulting a child). I beat my child and he does not report me to the police because in my house where only my authority reigns supreme,” she said.
The mother of two said she is raising her children the same way she was raised by her mother.
The ceremony is meant for women to advise each other about how to run their family affairs and to deal with dairly challenges such as rape and other challenges.