In Born A Crime, why did Frances Noah refuse to beat Trevor when he misbehaved growing up?

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Trevor Noah’s grandmother, Frances, has nothing against beating naughty children. In chapter four of Born a Crime, “Chameleon,” Frances beats Trevor’s cousins, Bulelwa and Mlungisi, after finding them playing a particularly injurious game of doctor. She doesn’t touch Trevor, even though he is the one who perforated Bulelwa’s eardrum while performing “surgery” with matchsticks for instruments.

When Trevor’s mother comes home and takes in the scene, she asks Frances, who is crying, what is going on.

“Oh, Nombuyiselo,” she said....

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