A prisoner's case against the Department of Correctional Services to be granted access to his laptop, was postponed to 3 September because the department's lawyer was out of the country.

GroundUp reports that Mbalenhle Ntuli, an inmate at Johannesburg Medium C correctional facility, was supposed to argue his case in the Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) against the department on Wednesday, but the matter was postponed.

The department was ordered to pay the costs for the day.

Ntuli told the judge that he was not happy with the postponement. He said his case had been in court for close to a year and his course registration was expiring on Friday.

His studies have already been compromised after being denied access to his laptop in his cell and now he will incur financial costs for not completing his course in the stipulated time, according to GroundUp.

Ntuli, who is representing himself in court, is taking the department to court for denying him access to his laptop which he needs for distance learning. He is a registered student at Oxbridge Academy.

He enrolled for a computer studies course in November 2017.

Ntuli started serving his 20-year sentence in March 2011.

Full GroundUp report