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'SA passport wasn't used by terrorists'

SA is working with African intelligence agencies to capture the ‘White Window’.

A Red Notice or warrant of arrest has been issued by Interpol for Samantha Lewthwaite aka the 'White Widow'.

PRETORIA - Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor has emphasised there's been no request or contact from Kenyan authorities to suggest South African travel documents were used by militants linked to the terror attack on a Nairobi mall.

The minister was responding to questions on Thursday after it emerged a woman, reported to have links to the deadly four day siege, had used a fraudulently obtained South African passport two years ago.

British national Samantha Lewthwaite, also known as the 'White Widow', obtained the document with the name Natalie Faye Webb in February 2011.

However there's been no official confirmation of Lewthwaite's involvement in the attack.

Pandor says SA is working closely Kenya and the UK to investigate Lewthwaite's fraudulent passport.

The minister said a new investigation in the wake of the Westgate Mall attack is not necessary.

"There has been no contact from Kenyan government, police or security services indicating a South African passport was used."

AL-SHABAAB IN SA

The Ministry of State Security won't confirm if it's monitoring al-Shabaab's activities in South Africa, but insists it remains vigilant against potential terrorist threats.

The Ministry's Brian Dube said, "Government takes these incidences seriously which is why we continue to be vigilant and continue to work with our partners in South Africa and around the world to share information to prevent terrorism."

Dube says it's difficult to specify which groups or individuals government are monitoring.

"Generally, the threat of terrorism is an issue which is of concern to us and therefore we will be working to prevent such things from happening."

Meanwhile, the Hawks confirmed it has been monitoring al-Shabaab's activities in South Africa for the past year.

However, it insisted the probe had nothing to do with the recent attack in Kenya.

At the same time, the ministry says it's working with intelligence agencies in Africa to share information that could lead to the arrest of Lewthwaite.

Global policing body Interpol issued a red notice for Lewthwaite following a request by Kenyan authorities.

To view the Red Notice, click here.