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A CONVICTED murderer serving a life sentence at C-Max in Pretoria has gone to court to compel prison authorities to return his computer so he can continue his studies.
Maxwell Nguyuza, 44, took the Department of Correctional Services to the Gauteng North high court in Pretoria on April 14 2009. The court ruled in his favour but the department is appealing.
Manelisi Wolela of correctional services yesterday said the computer had been confiscated and that prison head Sydney Magaga should not have returned it.
Nguyuza's rights had been downgraded and he was transferred to C-Max from Johannesburg after "he escaped from lawful custody".
Wolela said access to facilities and services were privileges linked to a prisoner's security classification.
Nguyuza's escape from custody had created a higher security risk and the department "had an obligation to protect the victims of crime and society".
"We believe another competent court may arrive at a different decision that [would] assist our mission of protecting society from particularly dangerous offenders."
Nguyuza was arrested for robbery and the murder of a doctor of Odi Hospital in Mabopane. The doctor was abducted from the hospital residence and his body was found at Mathibestad on Christmas Eve in 1994.
Intec College confirmed that Nguyuza was studying a word processing programme.