'Virginity bursary' raises ethical questions

16 young South African women are the beneficiaries of a bursary, which funds their higher education, with conditions that they remain virgins throughout their studies.

It is reported that the girls will be regularly examined during school holidays to ascertain if they’re still virgins.

According to UThukela District Mayor Dudu Mazibuko, the programme is meant to encourage young girls to abstain from sex and focus of education.

CapeTalk’s Pippa Hudson on Monday spoke to Cathy Powell, a senior lecturer in Public Law at UCT, on whether it is legal to put those kinds of restrictions on a bursary.

Listen to the full conversation on The Pippa Hudson Show:

This is not a private bursary, it is actually provided by the municipality, meaning the state.

Cathy Powell, a senior lecturer in Public Law at UCT

The constitution prohibits both private and state to discriminate.

Cathy Powell, a senior lecturer in Public Law at UCT

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