The mind boggles. See if you can understand what the Home Affairs investigator is saying (purple text) - without the reporter's interpretation. Good to know your privacy is not assured at Home Affairs now. Don't they know it is illegal to tape someone without their permission or advising them prior?
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Home Affairs wants spy pens
By Louise Flanagan (IOL)
South Africans can now sleep soundly at night - Home Affairs investigators are arming themselves with spy pens.
News of the James Bond approach emerged when a Home Affairs investigator wrote to The Star this week, asking how much "Secret Agent Pen Camcorders" would cost.
The investigator confused the the email address of Verve Magazine with that of the supplier of the pens, after Verve's monthly supplement ran an article in February on "Top gadgets for sleuthing".
The article included a mini-spy camera, cellphone spy software, hidden cameras and key-loggers, but the gadget that caught the attention of investigators in the National Immigration Branch's Special Investigation Directorate was a pen that writes but can also secretly record video and sound.
His email ended with a slogan: "There is no in between in life: your pregnant or not pregnant (sic)."
Verve said the pen "contains a pin-hole camera and microphone to secretly record video and sound". It has five hours of recording time, and can be linked to a computer and used as a flashdrive "to carry important files". It costs R630.
The investigator told The Star he had seen the Verve article.
"It's where our directorate saw this and said: we need this kind of thing," he said. "We are doing special investigations. Sometimes when we go to have a meeting with other people, for an interview, and so on."