A new grant scheme for girls who remain virgins throughout the course of their university studies, has been launched by a South African region on Friday. The development triggered outrage among rights groups. The bursary offered in Uthukela, in the southeast of the country near Durban city, is the brainchild of municipality’s female mayor Dudu Mazibujo. Municipality spokesman, Jabulani Mkhonza speaking to AFP said, "It’s a new category which the mayor has introduced this year," adding that the goal is to encourage "young girls to keep themselves pure and inactive from sexual activity and focus on their studies."
He added that beneficiaries of the grant will be subjected to regular virginity tests. Mkhonza said,"Those children who have been awarded bursaries will be checked whenever they come back for holidays. The bursary will be taken away if they lose their virginity." The People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA) group, however, said it was shocked that taxpayers’ money was being used to violate girls’ rights.