South African prisoners could be allowed laptops in cells

A Pretoria High Court ruling may allow all South African prisoners to have laptops in their cells.

The City Press reported that the possibility follows Boeremag members filling a successful application in the court.

Three Boeremag members, who were handed life sentences in 2013 for treason, argued that the Department of Correctional Services applied its education programme in a discriminatory manner.

This is because the inmates, who are studying through Unisa in Zonderwater prison, said they are not allowed to have computers in their cells.

The court ruled that “the government has a duty to ensure access to higher education for all South Africans”, stated the report.

“By not allowing computers without modems in cells, the department’s education policy discriminates against the applicants. The applicants may use their personal computers without modems in their cells for as long as they are registered students,” stated the court.


The City Press spoke to Professor Ann-Mari Hesselink,

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