The “intelligence equipment” that Minister of Police Nkosinathi Nhleko linked to the secret spy unit of SARS is regular security gear, according to Rapport.
Nhleko presented the allegations in a recent SAPS press release, in which a SARS purchase order for the equipment was reproduced.
However, the head of the SARS spy unit, Johann van Loggerenberg, told Rapport that his National Research Group did not buy or use the equipment in question.
Rapport said it showed the list of 21 items and 3 security courses to experts in the security industry, who confirmed that companies and government institutions use them to protect against spying.
“The items on the list aren’t much of a smoking gun,” Michael Stirling from Intertel told Rapport.
Purchase order published by Minister of Police Nkosinathi Nhleko
The published purchase order and description of some of its contents are detailed below.
|4500107608||22.07.2009||NTS Countermeasure … deluxe countersurveillance probe monitor||R55,886|
|4500107609||22.07.2009||NTS Countermeasure .. Linear junction detector||R176,700|
|4500107610||22.07.2009||NTS Countermeasure equip … 5000 spectral correlator||R222,300|
|4500107611||22.07.2009||NTS Countermeasure equip … telephone and line analyser||R216,020|
|4500112548||26.10.2009||Basic course in electronic eavesdropping||R49,590|
|4500114215||24.11.2009||NTS Countermeasure – DMC3 Detector of Mobile and wireless activity||R8,265|
|4500114420||30.11.2009||Supply – VS-125 Wireless video camera detector||R9,120|
|4500125532||26.17.2010||Advance course in electromnic detection||R18,240|
|4500126567||19.08.2010||Basic course in electronic eavesdropping||R36,480|
|4500150084||10.01.2012||X Sweeper Spectrum sweeper||R18,634|
|4500150537||23.01.2012||TG-VCAL J56 Signal Jammer||R5,928|
|4500150551||23.01.2012||CPM-700 deluxe countersurveillance probe monitor||R35,520|
|4500150553||23.01.2012||ETA-3A single line telephone analyser||R58,653|
|4500150937||30.01.2012||Signet Advanced counter surveillance RF detector||R20,804|
|4500151377||07.02.2012||Signet Mobile GSM phone detector||R20,805|
|4500152022||16.02.2012||FA Pinhole lenses||R16,445|
|4500152134||17.02.2012||COSE120ST Zoom pinhole lenses||R169,860|
|4500154640||30.03.2012||GSM module call mynah (consummables)||R1,573|
|4500165358||10.12.2012||Cellular detector-surveillance countermeasure Winkelman GSM196 with SA918||R23,558|
|4500165535||14.12.2012||HAWK XTS – surveillance countermeasure equip||R190,603|
|4500166611||31.01.2013||Oscor (Goen) spectrum analyser (8Ghz)||R237,758|
|4500166657||01.02.2013||Mark II hand held receiver||R22,539|
|4500184795||31.01.2014||Fluke aircheck wi-fi tester||R40,346|
CPM–700 Deluxe Counter-surveillance Probe/Monitor
The CPM–700 is a broadband receiver designed to detect and locate all major types of electronic surveillance devices including room, phone, body bugs, video transmitters, and tape recorders.
Orion 2.4 Non-Linear Junction Detector
A Non-Linear Junction Detector detects the presence of electronics, regardless of whether the electronic target is radiating, hard wired, or turned off.
Oscor OSC–5000E Omni Spectral Correlator
Oscor is an eavesdropping detection package that is portable and programmable.
DMC3 Detector of Mobile and wireless activity
DMC–3 is designed for detection of mobile phone activity.
Wolfhound-PRO Cell Phone Detector
Wolfhound-PRO’s scanning receiver uses a multi-band DF (Direction Finding) antenna system, allowing users to locate nearby cellphones in either standby mode or during active voice, text, or data RF transmissions.
Winkelmann GSM196 with SA918
The GSM196 monitors the (E) GSM900, GSM1800, WCDMA/UMTS 2100 (3G) bands. It is designed to detect the presence of unauthorised mobile phones and then locate them.