March to support virgin bursaries

Durban – The uThukela District community is expected to come out in numbers in support of the municipality’s maidens’ bursary. Dudu Zwane …

Durban – The uThukela District community is expected to come out in numbers in support of the municipality’s maidens’ bursary.

Dudu Zwane, chairwoman of the “maidens’ matrons”, who looks after and tests virgin girls, said they were tired of their culture being politicised and the world weighing in on their way of life.

“We have heard and seen the debates about this bursary and our cultural practice of testing girls who voluntarily join these groups because they want to learn about life skills, avoid teenage pregnancy and contracting HIV/Aids. We say it is enough, now we want our voice to be heard,” Zwane said.

Maidens’ matrons, civil society organisations, the community, maidens and their parents were to take part in the march to the Ladysmith Town Hall on Friday morning.

A memorandum was be handed over to the Department of Arts and Culture calling for the protection of the cultural practice, said Zwane.

The bursary scheme for 16 maidens is being probed by the Commission for Gender Equality.

This was after several complaints were received by the SA Human Rights Commission.

Municipal spokesman, Jabulani Mkhonza, said they would await the outcome of the probe before any decisions were made.