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Neighbours don't remember 'white widow'

26 September 2013, 10:36

Johannesburg - Residents of the Johannesburg neighbourhoods where the British woman thought to be linked to the Westgate mall attack is believed to have rented properties, say they do not remember having seen her.

eNCA reported on Wednesday that Samantha Lewthwaite, 29, used a fake South African identity with the alias Natalie Faye Webb to take out bank loans and rent at least three properties, running up debts of R183 000.

A local terror expert and academic said earlier this week that she regularly travels to South Africa and stayed in suburbs of Johannesburg earlier this year.

It is unclear if she lived at any of the premises. According to credit records released by eNCA, she was listed as living in the city's neighbourhood of Mayfair for four years.

However residents either denied Lewthwaite had lived at the cited addresses, or could not remember having seen her.

Close to a bustling street with shops where women dressed in headscarves walked with their children, the structure of a new building now stands in the yard where two houses were demolished over a year ago.

"I have not seen her here before," said a neighbour who has lived across the road for seven years, speaking on condition of anonymity.

A man who identified himself only as Junaid, and said he was redeveloping the property - bought from a 65-year-old owner two years ago - denied an English woman had lived there.

On the other side of the city in the leafy suburb of Bromhof, neighbours who have lived since 2008 across the road from the house Lewthwaite was said to have rented, also could not recall her living there.



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