File: Young maidens gather for the reed dance in this file picture taken in September 2014. The Commission for Gender Equality says the virgin bursary is unconstitutional.

JOHANNESBURG -- The so-called maiden bursary has been found to be unconstitutional and must be discontinued.

According to an investigation by The Commission for Gender Equality, the awarding of so-called virgin bursaries in KwaZulu-Natal is discriminatory.

The commission probed the initiative which was introduced by the uThukela municipality.

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They have established the decision to issue bursaries to young girls on the basis of virginity, violates the right to equality, dignity and privacy.
The report has also found that the bursary scheme amounts to discrimination, because it fails to impose the same responsibility on boys.
Those who have already been awarded maiden bursaries should be allowed to retain them, without virginity as a condition.

Source: eNCA