A group of prisoners at Durban's Westville Prison, bored with the television they are allowed to watch, have applied to have DStv installed in their cells.
A prison official, who asked not to be named, said 12 inmates of Westville's Medium B section put in a formal request to have the digital channels late last month.
"They said they would pool money to pay for the subscription - and had the support of other inmates," he said.
The application comes after religious organisations earlier this year applying to install their Christian and learning channels free in prisons to help rehabilitate prisoners.
God TV's Siona Wewitz said the channel had been installed at Pollsmoor and several other prisons.
Prison officials said they would not consider allowing normal DStv channels, but were meeting religious groups, including the Prison Broadcasting Ministries, to thrash out how the religious and learning channels would work.
KwaZulu-Natal Correctional Services spokesperson Thami Zondi said his department would oppose the DStv application. "Our aim is to rehabilitate offenders, not allow them to view Movie Magic and adult movies.
"Offenders must concentrate on their rehabilitation programmes so they can get parole, then go out and watch whatever they like," he said.
Dennis Bloem, chairperson of parliament's correctional services portfolio committee, said prisoners were already getting too many privileges. His committee was against extending normal DStv channels to prisoners.
"If we allow DStv in prisons, they will become holiday resorts," said Bloem.
Now this REALLY pi$$e$ me off! What's next.. Playstation? They should be punished and made to watch only religious channels and old re-runs of MacGyver.