The maidens bursary

By Drum Digital
26 January 2016

UThukela  municipality in KwaZulu-Natal recently introduced a Maidens Bursary Scheme – what’s the catch? One has to undergo and pass a virginity test in order to qualify.

The programme has been slammed by different human rights organisations and the Democratic Alliance (DA) has threatened to report the matter to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).

But the UThukela municipality mayor Dudu Mazibuko defends the initiative. She says it’s an age-old practice that has existed in the Zulu culture for decades. The DA believes the programme should be investigated.

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