Bank responds to white widow debt claims

2013-09-26 10:56
Samantha Lewthwaite (File, AFP)

Samantha Lewthwaite (File, AFP)

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Johannesburg - Standard Bank and FNB have responded to reports that Samantha Lewthwaite, a British woman wanted in connection with the Nairobi mall attacks, had her debt written off.

According to eNCA during her time in South Africa, Lewthwaite managed to borrow thousands of rands from local banks and owed thousands in debt at retail stores.

ENCA revealed that in 2011, a Randburg court issued a judgment against Lewthwaite for more than R20 000, which was owed to First Rand Bank.

Again in 2011 debt of R20 000 against her, was written off by clothing stores Truworths and Ackermans.

In 2012, the R30 000 she owed Standard Bank, was written off.

A Standard Bank spokesperson told Fin24 that the bank was aware of reports on the matter but could not publically disclose client details due to client confidentiality.   

“Standard Bank will fulfil all of its regulatory obligations in terms of reporting requirements and will co-operate with the relevant authorities in this regard,” the bank’s spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, FNB confirmed that it was investigating the matter.

“FNB can confirm that we continue to investigate the matter and the individual operated a white labelled credit card issued under a separate retail company,” FNB’s head of risk and compliance Christoph Nieuwoudt said.

“The bank’s policy in these instances is to co-operate fully with the authorities and to ensure we enable a complete investigation.”

Wanted for her alleged links to the militant group al-Shabaab, Lewthwaite has been on the run in Africa for the past few years.

Dubbed the “White Widow” she converted to Islam in her youth and was married to one of the suicide bombers responsible for the 2005 terror attacks in London.

Lewthwaite reportedly spent time in South Africa using a false name and passport. During this time, she went by the name Natalie Faye Webb and lived in Johannesburg.
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