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Gender Equality Commission stops KZN 'virgin bursaries'

The Commission for Gender Equality has banned the controversial Maidens Bursary from the Uthukela District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal.

The bursaries were awarded to young women in higher learning institutions, on condition that they can prove their virginity.

After sparking national debate around women's rights, the commission found the bursary to be unconstitutional.

The commission's deputy chairperson Thoko Mpumlwana explains that the bursary fund discriminated against girls that do not practice virginity testing.

In terms of the constitution, every one must be treated equally.... we hope that they will be able to implement our findings.

Thoko Mpumlwana, deputy chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality

Mpumlwana says that students who currently benefit from the bursary will continue to receive funding, until the bursary conditions are adjusted next year.

In addition, the commission expects a response from the recommendations made to the district.

Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes:

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