Nairobi terror attack suspect

Nairobi terror attack suspect racked up massive debts in South Africa

‘The White Widow’ allegedly behind the Kenya mall attacks has racked up thousands of rands in debt while living in Johannesburg using a false South African passport.

Nairobi terror attack suspect

samantha lewthwaite

THE British woman allegedly involved in the Westgate mall attack has lived in or visited South Africa and racked up over R70, 000 of debt, reports claim.

Samantha Lewthwaite, dubbed the White Widow, is thought to be the mastermind behind the Kenyan terror attacks that left 68 dead, including one South African, James Thomas.

If these reports are true, she would have entered the country despite being on the Interpol watch list, bringing South African security under international scrutiny.

Debts to banks and clothing stores

Four rental leases in Johannesburg were taken out in the name of Natalie Faye Webb, Lewthwaite’s fake identity, in 2009 and 2010, documents held by eNCA reveal.

The ID number on the forged passport belongs to someone who is still alive, the department of home affairs website confirmed.

Although it is unclear whether Lewthwaite lived in any of these properties, two were listed as being in Mayfair and Randburg.

During 2011 and 2012, she was in debt with two banks and two clothing store credit cards. Lewthwaite had R9,917, R8,691 and R29,708 written off by Truworths, Ackermans and Standard Bank respectively.

First Rand Bank issued a judgement over debts of R28,007 in 2011 through the courts.

First National Bank, a division of First Rand Bank, confirmed to News24 it was looking in to 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,” head of risk and compliance Christoph Nieuwoudt said.

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

A Standard Bank spokesman said they could not publicly disclose any information due to ensure 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 to News24.

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Jermaine Lindsay

Lewthwaite was dubbed The White Widow after her husband Jermaine Lindsay detonated a bomb on the Piccadilly Line in London, killing 26 people in 2005.

Pregnant at the time, she pleaded ignorance to knowing what he was about to do.

“How these people could have turned him and poisoned his mind is dreadful. He was an innocent, naive and simple man. I suppose he must have been an ideal candidate,” she told The Sun at the time.

It is still to be confirmed by authorities that she was involved in the Westgate attack.

The al-Shabaab twitter account confirmed she was, but the group’s spokesman told Channel 4 that they would not let a woman go to the “battlefield”.