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Girls be warned: Lose your virginity, you lose your bursary

By Amanda Khoza | Jan 22, 2016 | COMMENTS [ 160 ]

Remain virgins or we will take away your bursaries. This was the condition given to 16 young women who received the Maidens Bursary Award from the UThukela District Municipality for remaining pure.

In addition, they had to undergo virginity testing every holiday to ensure they were not sexually active.

The municipality introduced the new category of bursaries during its Mayoral Matric Excellence Awards on January 11. 

Municipality spokesperson Jabulani Mkhonza said more than 100 matrics, including those who were not virgins, who excelled in their 2015 matric year, received awards.

A total of 113 pupils from various schools got bursaries.

Mkhonza said the bursary was UThukela District Mayor Dudu Mazibuko's idea.

“Sixteen of these bursaries went to the girls for still being virgins. However, in order to keep their bursaries, these maidens will have to undergo a check-up every holiday. If they lose their virginity, then the bursary gets taken away,” Mkhonza said.

He said the bursaries were intended to encourage young girls to stay pure and focus on their education.

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“These days young people are the ones who are in the long SASSA queues for the state grant. They must keep pure and protect themselves from diseases like Aids. Those who are not virgins get bursaries, but this is a special category."

Mkhonza said the municipality hoped to join King Goodwill Zwelithini in encouraging girls to remain virgins.

Zulu Royal Household spokesperson Prince Thulani Zulu said this was what Zwelithini had been calling for all along.

“However, we cannot comment because the king was not included in the initial planning of the initiative. If they had invited him then he would have weighed in on how he could help the municipality,” said Zulu.

Cultural expert Velaphi Mkhize said ceremonies like Umkhosi woMhlanga (the Reed Dance) encouraged women to stay virgins.

“But we are living in the 21st century now and this is a way of rewarding and celebrating purity.”

Mkhize said sometimes the Constitution contradicted cultural practices.

“This virginity testing could be viewed by the law as abuse, whereas culturally it is a good thing,” said Mkhize.

A woman who had been conducting virginity testing for 11 years welcomed the initiative.

“We have been thinking about introducing a system like this for girls in Grade 10 to 12," said Busisiwe Lunga, who was based in Johannesburg.

"We want them to be checked and make sure that they have something to look forward to when they get to matric.”

Lunga said her 21 year-old daughter, who was in university, was still a virgin and got tested regularly.

It was important for young women to remain pure so they would not contract diseases like HIV/Aids.

“Most of the young women contract Aids, their children get the disease and on top of that, the men leave them and they forget that they still have a long road ahead of them,” she said.

Lunga said young women of today rushed into things.

Professional counsellor Yolande Bird disagreed, and said the process might be traumatic for young women. Some of them could see it as an invasion of their privacy.

"The continuous testing can cause undue stress on these young girls,” she said.

Bird said it could be unfair on the young girls to be forced to undergo tests regularly.

“What if you are raped during your first year? It is not fair because someone would have forced themselves on you. What happens then?” she asked.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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maneater

although I think they mean well and it will be a great motivation for children to stay pure. I think taking it away after giving it ( if they lose their virginity) will just be evil, what would the children do then after wards?

Jan 22, 2016 11:20 | 2 replies

Maluleke110

Ai, a contract is a contract, period!

Jan 22, 2016 11:9 | 1 replies

R18SN

haai Maluleke the girl was a virgin on the day of the award. they should not change the goalposts later on if she loses it.

Jan 22, 2016 11:26 | 1 replies

Maluleke110

maybe you need to read the conditions again: “Sixteen of these bursaries went to the girls for still being virgins. However, in order to keep their bursaries, these maidens will have to undergo a check-up every holiday. If they lose their virginity, then the bursary gets taken away,”

Jan 22, 2016 11:22 | 2 replies

R18SN

I saw that but like maneater I am saying those conditions themselves are evil! we talking varsity here. do you know how many cute guys are there at varsity?

Jan 22, 2016 11:43 | 2 replies

Maluleke110

Well, the municipality are doing this for a purpose, which is encouraging girl to stay virgin. Hence, it would not serve their purpose if they do not put those T&Cs

Jan 22, 2016 11:48 | 1 replies

Pippybug

if one is not happy with the bursary T&Cs, find another bursary suitable THATS ALL!

Jan 22, 2016 12:3 | 2 replies

MommaC

Yes, Pippy - there are so many bursaries to chose from. That is why EVERYONE has a bursary and nobody is forced to do things to get them .... what country do you live in?

Jan 22, 2016 12:32 | 1 replies

Maluleke110

MommaC, the fact is that the girls need to maintain their virginity in order to maintain the bursary. Remember this is a "Virginity Bursary", heheheeee!

Jan 22, 2016 12:56 | 1 replies

MommaC

Maluleke - Would you agree with this if the terms were that the girl had to give SCold a bllowjob every Friday in order to keep her bursary?

Jan 22, 2016 1:43 | 1 replies

loveyouall

LOL @ giving Scold a blowjob kwaaaaaaaaaaa

Jan 22, 2016 2:3 | 1 replies

MommaC

It is the same thing, Love. It is education on conditional grounds. Even Galfrend would approve - she won't fall pregnant and she would get an education ... she would also probably remain a virgin for life due to being put off men for ever!

Jan 22, 2016 2:13 | 1 replies
Jan 22, 2016 2:18 | 1 replies

Maluleke110

MommaC, let's get things right here. I would like any form of student support to be without any conditions. However, any bursary have conditions which are defined by the source! In this case, the municipality have theirs, which I think are made for a good course! You also need to look at what they aim to achieve! They made it clear it is meant to encourage girls to abstain! This is what the municipality seek to achieve, and they are using this bursary to achieve that!

Jan 22, 2016 2:28 | 1 replies

MommaC

Maluleke - It is unfair and discriminatory. It is using money and power to force someone to do something. That is coercion. Their aim is irrelevant. This is not 'encouraging' young women to abstain, it is blackmailing them.

Jan 22, 2016 2:55 | 1 replies

Maluleke110

MommaC, please don't bring discrimination into this? First, you should be worried it's only girls eligible for this bursary! By now you should have seen the other article where the precipitant of the bursary is happy and appreciating it!

Jan 22, 2016 3:32 | 1 replies

MommaC

I did see it. Now read what the recipient is saying. She comes from a home that would NEVER be able to give her the opportunity to study further. They are dirt poor. If the terms of the bursary was to shave her head and wear her shoes as earnings, she would not only do it, she would be grateful to be able to do so. She is happy because she has the ability to get out of the poverty cycle - nothing less and nothing more. Will she still be happy when she realises that she will not be allowed to get married for the next 6 years? I don't know. She sounds like the kind type of person who really will give up her own happiness to help her parents

Jan 22, 2016 4:18 | 0 replies

Galfrend

Yes Pippy, or they must pay for their own studies, simple

Jan 22, 2016 12:36 | 0 replies

Sugarfree

Not just cute but horny too

Jan 22, 2016 12:30 | 0 replies

lelike

Human violation are women abuse. We're living in the modern world what's with these ancient laws.

Jan 22, 2016 12:6 | 0 replies

Malamula

KZN is tough...

Jan 22, 2016 11:49 | 0 replies

muesli

good one i support this.its high time mani.

Jan 22, 2016 11:22 | 1 replies

sthenjwa4582

@muesli....are female or male.

Jan 22, 2016 1:43 | 0 replies

R18SN

“However, we cannot comment because the king was not included in the initial planning of the initiative. If they had invited him then he would have weighed in on how he could help the municipality,” said Zulu.-------- I am so glad the king was not involved otherwise he would have taken them for himself as his wives

Jan 22, 2016 11:23 | 0 replies

MommaC

No! So if the girl falls on her backside, gets raped or goes horse riding, she loses her bursary? What nonsense is this? How dare they!

Jan 22, 2016 11:26 | 1 replies

Galfrend

I'm Sure there must be an exception if a gal gets raped or something...this is a great initiative MC

Jan 22, 2016 11:44 | 1 replies

MommaC

No, it isn't, Galfrend. It is the attempt to dictate the sexuality of a girl child. Why do they not demand that boys remain virgins? It is an insidious form of sexual harassment. How would you like to be so poor and desperate that some old tannie sticks her fingers into you and peers up your hoohaa as a condition of you getting an education?

Jan 22, 2016 11:49 | 2 replies

Nongoloza24

Why do you want to encourage young girls to have sex instead of focusing on their books??

Jan 22, 2016 12:3 | 2 replies

MommaC

Out of all that, you get the idea that I want young girls to have sex and not read books? REALLY ?!?!?! Good grief !!!! We certainly know that reading was not what you were concentrating on, at school

Jan 22, 2016 12:6 | 1 replies

Galfrend

The focus is on girls because they are the ones who suffer the most , think teenage pregnancies etc, they are left as single moms while boys continue with their lives (studies). Its not sexual harassment, you over exaggerating...this is a good cause and it will discourage girls from opening their legs for boys up until they get their qualifications, I don't know how you cant see that this is for their own good!

Jan 22, 2016 12:28 | 1 replies

MommaC

The irony is that you don't understand that education prevents those girls from suffering! The education of our girls gives them the tools they need to prevent the teenage pregnancies and counteracts the lack of self respect that causes them to use their bodies to gain acceptance.

Now tell me what happens if the girl accidentally falls off the chair and her hymen is broken. What happens within the community and her family? Would the virginity tester accept that she is still a virgin or will she be vilified, mocked and probably beaten?

Jan 22, 2016 12:36 | 1 replies

Galfrend

Exaggerating again MC...There must be a clause which touches on such incidents where the hymen is accidentally broken. As of the girl being beaten lol now that would be a crime , beaten by who? hahaha, eish you are exaggerating sisi, this is a good cause...open your legs and don't get education, keep your legs closed and focus on education, then your tuition will be well taken care of! Its simple.

Jan 22, 2016 12:42 | 1 replies

MommaC

Galfrend - how? How do you tell if the girl fell or if she is sexually active? I've personally seen how mothers react when their daughters lose a bursary or when they are declared to have failed the 'virginity test'.

Jan 22, 2016 12:49 | 1 replies

Galfrend

I don't know, maybe if they fall, they must go to some professionals who can confirm that the hymen broke accidentally, point is, this initiative will discourage them from falling pregnant ...

Jan 22, 2016 12:55 | 1 replies

MommaC

You cannot tell the difference. As for discouraging them from falling pregnant - so would educating them!

Jan 22, 2016 12:59 | 2 replies

loveyouall

So Mommac do you suggest that even if these girls loose their virginity the bussary must not be taken away?

Jan 22, 2016 1:9 | 1 replies

MommaC

Love - I am against the entire idea of giving anyone a bursary based on coercion.

Jan 22, 2016 1:37 | 1 replies

loveyouall

Okey i get ur point, but dont think their intension was to put pressure on them rather than trying to make them understand the importance of keeping virginity and i wish they can do the same to boys.

Jan 22, 2016 1:42 | 1 replies

MommaC

Love - the intention is irrelevant. The fact is that they are using their power to coerce the girls into this. Education should not come with terms and conditions. Every world study shows that teen pregnancy and risky behaviours are linked to education levels. The higher your education level, the less likely you are to make bad life choices. To now deny a girl that education (based on something that is not even able to be 100% verifiable) is wrong on far too many levels

Jan 22, 2016 1:47 | 0 replies

Galfrend

Professionals trained on that field can tell the difference when there was forced penetration, or if its just a accidentally broken hymen, etc. If the choose to have sex, its their own choice, they have chosen NOT to have an education, in this case. They are given an opportunity, its up to them to utilize it in a way that would be of benefit to them.

Jan 22, 2016 1:17 | 1 replies

MommaC

Yes, experts can tell if there was FORCED penetration (sometimes, but not always), but they cannot tell if the hymen was broken due to exercise, a fall or sex.

Jan 22, 2016 1:36 | 1 replies

Galfrend

Debatable......

Jan 22, 2016 2:7 | 1 replies

MommaC

No, factual. Do you know that some girl babies are born without a hymen at all? Some have such a delicate hymen that a hiding can break it. Then there is the incorrect insertion of tampons and a whole bunch of other reasons. You cannot tell why it is broken, only that it is broken. Unless there is scaring from violent rape, it is just about impossible to know if a girl is sexually active or not

Jan 22, 2016 2:23 | 1 replies

Galfrend

Nah I don't believe you..you tend to over exaggerate things just to add weight to your argument. We differ in this regard, lets agree on that one.

Jan 22, 2016 2:28 | 1 replies

MommaC

Well then LOOK IT UP. You are on the internet. Just google it

Jan 22, 2016 2:32 | 1 replies

Galfrend

no thanx, wont change anything.

Jan 22, 2016 2:38 | 1 replies

MommaC

*sigh* Yes, it will! It will give you knowledge.

Jan 22, 2016 2:42 | 1 replies

Galfrend

*rolls eyes*absolutely comfortable in my world of ignorance.

Jan 22, 2016 2:46 | 1 replies

MommaC

How can you feel that way? How can you wish to not know anything that directly impacts on a sister in our country?

Jan 22, 2016 2:57 | 1 replies

Galfrend

hahahaa leave me alone..I've made my point.

Jan 22, 2016 3:6 | 0 replies

lelike

Virginity testing is not 100% accurate. Some girls do not lose virginity on the first intercourse some lose it with various reasons given by Mommac. If your neighbour doesn't want your daughter to recieve a bursary he might rape her, is that what you want.

Jan 22, 2016 12:11 | 0 replies

Galfrend

Geez Mc, you make it sound as if these girls are being abused

Jan 22, 2016 12:25 | 1 replies

MommaC

Galfrend - would you like it if it was done to you?

Jan 22, 2016 12:36 | 1 replies
Jan 22, 2016 12:38 | 1 replies

MommaC

That is great. You are an adult and it is YOUR CHOICE. These are young girls and it is being forced on them.

Jan 22, 2016 12:48 | 1 replies

Galfrend

They are not being forced, otherwise that would be illegal. If they don't want to comply with the rules they must find other means to fund their studies. I'm sure there are kids who would be more than happy to accept these conditions..

Jan 22, 2016 12:54 | 1 replies

MommaC

You really are adamant that these are all rich girls from well off families who have a choice?

Jan 22, 2016 1:0 | 1 replies

Galfrend

Don't put words in my mouth, nowhere did I mention that these girls are rich. They might not be rich but if they are SERIOUS about education they would do anything NOT to let this GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY pass them.

Jan 22, 2016 1:13 | 1 replies

MommaC

so you are saying that if they lost the bursary, they should become whores so that they can further their education? Would that convince you that they are SERIOUS about wanting to be educated?

Jan 22, 2016 1:38 | 1 replies

Galfrend

Again, I never said that. If they are serious about education they will comply with the Ts & Cs the bursary comes with. IF they resort to prostitution, its their choice, not mine, not UThukela municipality's but THEIRS! life is about choices hun!

Jan 22, 2016 2:6 | 1 replies

MommaC

Yes, and it is wrong to take those choices away from young girls who wish to be educated.

Jan 22, 2016 2:23 | 1 replies

Galfrend

........who wish to be educated while engaging in sexual activities that has in many ways proven to be the most contributing factor to girls not having an education?ya I get you..lol

Jan 22, 2016 2:26 | 1 replies

MommaC

I finished university with a baby on my hip. You don't become unable to learn just because you got married and had sex!

Jan 22, 2016 2:31 | 1 replies

Galfrend

Agreed, but not too many girls are not as strong as you are/were.

Jan 22, 2016 2:37 | 1 replies

MommaC

LOTS of women are. The vast majority of women doing their Masters and Doctorates are mothers.

Jan 22, 2016 2:43 | 1 replies

Galfrend

MC, two different age groups,you cant compare girls who are fresh outta matric and mature women in their late twenties...

Jan 22, 2016 2:45 | 2 replies

Galfrend

Im talking girls, you are talking women...difference?

Jan 22, 2016 2:45 | 0 replies

MommaC

Galfrend - some of these girls are in their mid 20s. They are not 17 year old girls who are fresh out of school. Now let us say that the one who is 22 decides to do a 4 year university course and then decides to go on to do her Honours and Masters. That means that she will have to forego marriage (and sex) until she is 30. If she finds someone to love, before then, she must make a choice between getting married or completing her education. Do you really think that is fair?

Jan 22, 2016 3:0 | 0 replies

TranquilBoy

Poor girls will be salty till graduation day. Well I would like to meet them and encourage them more often...

Jan 22, 2016 11:32 | 0 replies

VENDALIOUS

UThukela District Municipality in KZN?....Sorry to say this, that won't happened in the rape capital of SA.

Jan 22, 2016 11:37 | 1 replies

loveyouall

Guys no one will rape anybody, i kept my virginity till i graduated but that was my choice. The only problem i have with this bussary is why only girls must keep their virginity.

Jan 22, 2016 12:59 | 1 replies

Sugarfree

absence of good looks can help at times you know

Jan 22, 2016 1:36 | 2 replies

loveyouall

hahahaha Sugarfree you must be joking rite?? i am beautiful, ngime kahle nginako konke. When i grew up my mother wangifundisa how important it is to keep my virginity couse naye washada no baba wam eyi virgin. I used to do virgin test till i passed matric but when was in vasirty it was all my choice and my pride.

Jan 22, 2016 1:46 | 0 replies

MommaC

Sugar - some men rape 70 year old nuns and little babies .... looks don't always have much to do with it

Jan 22, 2016 2:7 | 0 replies

Pex-wa-Meke

the king wasn't included because he's always broke.

Jan 22, 2016 11:37 | 0 replies

Hosinkulu

so every week vana lava va voneriwa xidada vhele vhele?

Jan 22, 2016 11:38 | 0 replies

The_Girl

I don't fully agree that is a good idea. What if the girl gets raped or other forms of sexual abuse which is obviously against her will, will she then still lose her bursary?? That would victimise her even more, not to mention the social stigma that will be attached to her. People will not sympathise with her because of the trauma she went through, they will be gossiping about her losing the bursary because of not being a virgin anymore

Jan 22, 2016 11:44 | 3 replies

Druza25

Come on now really ?

Jan 22, 2016 11:49 | 1 replies

The_Girl

What's you view point then?

Jan 22, 2016 11:56 | 1 replies

cool-indian

It's not bad some girls are raped and are encouraged to keep silent by parents. Rape reports would be known to arrest the perpetrator and break the silence.

Jan 22, 2016 3:0 | 0 replies

MommaC

It is wrong on too many levels, Girl! This ignorance and victimisation should not be allowed.

Jan 22, 2016 12:10 | 0 replies

lelike

Fully correct.

Jan 22, 2016 12:13 | 0 replies

Galfrend

I support it! It sure will motivate gals to stay away from men, until they are done with their studies! Thank you uThukela

Jan 22, 2016 11:45 | 1 replies

loveyouall

I also support it but asking my self why they dont say the same thing to boys?

Jan 22, 2016 12:44 | 0 replies

Shredder

Are these tests accurate?

Jan 22, 2016 11:48 | 2 replies

MommaC

No, they aren't. That is part of my objection to them. A broken hymen is not an indication of sexual activity. It can be broken in all sorts of innocent ways. For example, no gymnast or horse rider has an intact hymen

Jan 22, 2016 11:51 | 1 replies

Nongoloza24

Lol MommaC how many hymens have you examined?

Jan 22, 2016 12:5 | 2 replies
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Jan 22, 2016 12:16 | 0 replies

MommaC

I'm a woman. Don't try and tell me about my own body! If you are ignorant of how your body works, then maybe you should stop concentrating on having sex and OPEN A BLOODY BOOK FOR ONCE !!!!

Jan 22, 2016 12:7 | 0 replies

Sugarfree

I think this is illegal !!

Jan 22, 2016 12:16 | 0 replies