37 is too old for a bursary: Marikana mom denied opportunity to study

37 is too old for a bursary: Marikana mom denied opportunity to study

- Busi Mtshali applied for a bursary with the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality

- Her original application was successful, but when she went to the offices the officials denied her application

- The Municipality has no responded to the allegations

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Busi Mtshali was told she was too old for the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality community bursary in 2017 for the 2018 academic year.

This came after the 37-year-old Marikana mother of two had submitted an application and been successful.

“I am doing my third year towards my LLB at Unisa. I applied and provided all the information they requested on the application form,” she explained.

She said she received confirmation in February that her application had been successful, Briefly.co.za learned.

37 is too old for a bursary: Marikana mom denied opportunity to study

Busi Mtshali was allegedly denied a bursary because she was too old. Photo: African Reporter

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“I was excited because I am unemployed and we all depend on the grant I receive for my children. It would be a huge load off my shoulders for my studies to be paid up.”

Busi said she went to the Office of Economic Development in Kempton Park to sign the contract for the bursary, and when she arrived she had to find her name on the printed list of successful applicants.

“I found my name on the list that was on the notice board.”

However, when Busi met the official who was supposed to give her the contract to sign, Busi was turned away.

“She left me in the office. She returned to inform me that she was not allowed to give contracts to people above the age of 35.”

Busi took her case to the Mayor's office, where she claimed she was met by an official who promised to resolve the matter, stating it was clear that Busi’s application had been successful.

“I went to the Office of Economic Development, and all the officials who assisted me on the first visit were not available to see me.

“I feel like I’ve been discriminated against and I just want to understand why,” she said.

The Ekurhuleni Municipality had not responded to requests for comments.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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