Officials mum on 'white widow'

2013-09-25 20:16
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Johannesburg - Government officials declined to comment on Wednesday about reports that a woman linked to the Nairobi mall attacks, rented property in Johannesburg and had a fake South African passport.

"I am not commenting on the matter," said home affairs spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa, to whom international department spokesperson Clayson Monyela was referring all media inquiries.

ENCA reported that a British citizen, Samantha Lewthwaite, who was wanted by Kenyan police for her alleged involvement in a separate terror plot, had used the name Natalie Faye Webb to rent at least three properties in Johannesburg and run up debts of R183 123.

Lewthwaite has been linked to the siege at a Nairobi mall, during which 67 people died.

The 29-year-old woman, who is nicknamed the "white widow" because her husband was among the 2005 London suicide bombers, signed rental leases around Johannesburg, but it was unclear whether she lived at any of the properties.

The Hawks unit also declined to comment when asked if she was being investigated.

Earlier spokesperson Paul Ramaloko said it was "not at liberty to comment on what is happening in Kenya".

However, he confirmed that it was investigating the activities of al-Shabaab.

"We do have a project that we are working on relating to the activities of al-Shabaab," he said.

Read more on:    al-shabaab  |  hawks  |  samantha lewthwaite  |  johannesburg  |  kenya mall attack  |  security

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