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First On EWN: Donovan Moodley takes Unisa, Correctional Services to court

Moodley wants to prevent a prison move because he wants to continue studying towards his law degree.

FILE. Donovan Moodley wants to prevent a prison move because he wants to continue studying towards his law degree. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News has learnt convicted murderer Donovan Moodley wants to bring an urgent court application to ensure he can continue his studies to become a lawyer.

Moodley is taking the Correctional Services Minister and the University of South Africa (Unisa) to court to prevent them moving him to a different prison.

The former Bond University student, who was convicted of murdering Leigh Matthews in 2005, is currently serving his sentence at the Johannesburg Prison.

In the legal papers he drafted himself, Moodley says officials want to move him because only two prisons in Gauteng are Unisa exam centres.

Moodley, who is in his second year of an LLB degree, argues that this will have a detrimental impact on his ability to use his personal computer and to access stationary and a law library.

He believes that to drain prisons of tertiary students would be creating a micro society with no role models.

Moodley has also detailed his deteriorating health conditions.

He's been diagnosed with diabetes and has a rare degenerative eye condition.

He's also concerned that if he's moved, he'll lose the use of his guitar, which has brought him unspeakable joy, comfort and solace.

Moodley is hoping the High Court will hear his urgent application today but the Correctional Services Department officials say they don't know about it.

To read his Notice of Motion, click here.