White Widow spied on Pretoria embassies

2013-09-29 06:00

The woman dubbed the “white widow” was seen in South Africa as recently as this year conducting surveillance on foreign embassies in Pretoria.

The information about the presence in the country of Samantha Lewthwaite – the suspected mastermind behind the massacre in Kenya’s Westgate shopping centre – was passed on to the police’s crime intelligence unit.

But the dysfunctional unit appears to have failed to conduct any surveillance and track her down.

This is the first time it has been revealed that Lewthwaite was in the country as recently as this year.

At a press conference on Thursday, Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor said Lewthwaite entered the country for the first time in 2008 and for the last time in February 2011.

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