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Bursaries For SA Virgins

19 June 2016

South Africa's Commission for the promotion of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Rights (CRL) said on Friday that Virginity testing should be promoted, as it is a cultural practice.

The institution was responding after South Africa's Commission on Gender Equality, found that the so-called maiden bursary scheme is unconstitutional.

The maiden bursary was controversially offered to girls in the uThukela District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal, provided they remain virgins. Only girls though because boys were not subjected to the same criteria.

The Commission on Gender equality found the scheme to be unfair, unreasonable and unlawful.

It has given the uThukela Municipality two months to report back to it on recommendations that its maiden bursary be withdrawn as a category.

The CRL however insists that maintaining and encouraging tradition is in line with the constitution.

The organisation's chairperson Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva said that “when they say a bursary scheme promotes harmful traditional practices. What are these harmful practices that it's supposed to be promoting? It's virginity testing and it's a cultural right and the constitution is very clear that the state must promote cultural rights. So the municipality said how do we promote virginity inspection? And they decided let's encourage them even further by giving them a bursary".

Now... Mr. Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva - Considering that most lesbian women have never been with a man (under traditional tribal law), would lesbians automatically qualify for these bursaries?

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