CAPE TOWN, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- The South African government said on Tuesday that it will investigate allegations that a so- called "white widow," who allegedly masterminded the recent terror attack in Kenya, was holding a false South African passport.
The South African Department of Home Affairs is prepared to work with Kenya in determining the validity of the passport under the name of "Natalie Faye Webb," an alias used by Samantha Lewthwaite.
Lewthwaite, dubbed "white widow," is married to British Islamic militant Jermaine Grant, currently on trial in Mombasa for alleged involvement in terror attacks.
"The (SA) government has not had sight of the alleged passport, nor has it received an official communiqué from the Kenyan officials," Mamoepa said, adding that should such a notice be received, the state would then act on it.
"Given our good bilateral relations, we stand ready to cooperate with the Kenyan authorities to determine the validity of the passport," Mamoepa said.
Lewthwaite is allegedly linked with Al-Shabaab, a Somali terror organization which has claimed responsibility for the attack on a Nairobi mall on Saturday. The attack has left at least 62 people dead and about 175 others wounded. Three soldiers were also confirmed to have died of injuries.
Lewthwaite reportedly visited South Africa on a regular basis and used the South African passport as one of different aliases whenever she travelled.
The Kenyan authorities has released a photo of Lewthwaite's fake South African passport.