Lawyers for Human Rights welcome ruling in Maidens Bursary matter

Recipients of the bursary had to undergo regular virginity tests to retain their bursaries.

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JOHANNESBURG - Lawyers for Human Rights has welcomed the Commission for Gender Equality's finding that the so-called Maidens Bursary was both unfair and unconstitutional.

Recipients of the bursary had to undergo regular virginity tests to retain their bursaries from the Uthukela Municipality.

The practice sparked outrage from rights groups and ordinary South Africans when it emerged earlier this year.

The municipality has now been given two months to accept the commission's recommendations and implement new policies by next year.

Lawyers for Human Rights' Sanja Bornman said, "We are very pleased with the fact that the report recommends the bursary to be stopped and we are very supportive of the recommendations to provide gender sensetisation training for various officials."