A prisoner locked up in a Johannesburg jail has won the right to use his laptop in his cell to further his computer studies in a Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) judgment that affirms the constitutional right to education for all prisoners.

The case was brought by Mbalenhle Ntuli, a prisoner at Johannesburg Medium C Correctional Centre for robbery charges, who wanted to use his laptop to continue his studies with a distance-learning college. He bought a laptop with the help of his family, but prison officials refused to let him use it in his cell, citing the education policy that allowed laptop use for five hours a day, Monday to Friday, in a designated area...

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