'White widow' recently active in SA

Records suggest terror suspect Samantha Lewthwaite was in SA in May 2012.

British national Samantha Lewthwaite, also known as the ‘White widow’, was reportedly involved in the shooting at Westgate Mall in Kenya. Picture: AFP

PRETORIA - Consumer trace records have shown that the so-called White Widow, who is reported to have led the Westgate mall massacre in Nairobi, was active in South Africa as recently as last year.

Briton Samantha Lewthwaite is believed to have entered Kenya on a fraudulent South African passport under the name Natalie Faye Webb.

Eyewitness News has established that she left the country on 4 February 2011, just days after the 31 January date of issue on her fraudulent South African passport.

But consumer records show that she was active in the country as recently as May last year.

Lewthwaite was listed under two residential addresses, one in Mayfair and another in Randburg.

The terror suspect and widow of one of the London bombers had three different cellphone numbers, which were changed over the period of a year.

During her time in South Africa, she accrued significant debt with as much as R60,000 owed to FNB and Standard Bank for credit cards and loans, as well as several clothing accounts.

There has been no official confirmation that she was involved in the Kenya attack, which left over 70 people dead.

Al-Shabaab militants attacked the mall at lunchtime on Saturday in a siege that lasted four days.

Kenyans are observing three days of mourning for those killed in the upmarket shopping complex.