Govan Whittles SOUTH AFRICA 24 SEPTEMBER 2013 07:30
The validity of the Twitter account has not yet been established, but on it, al-Shabaab suggests its militants will rendezvous in Pretoria once the siege on the Nairobi mall is completed.
Anneli Botha, a senior researcher on terrorism at the Institute for Security Studies says al-Shabaab rebels have previously used South Africa to plan attacks.
Meanwhile, the Department of Home Affairs says it will try determine the validity of a South African passport belonging to a woman believed to be one of the militants involved in the attack on Westgate Shopping Mall.
Samantha Lewthwaite, known as the White Widow, is the widow of one of the suicide bombers who killed more than 50 people on London's transport system in 2005.
Lewthwaite is believed to be a key member of Somalia’s al Qaeda linked al-Shabaab group and is wanted in connection with an alleged plot to attack hotels and restaurants in Kenya.
Department spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa says the passport might be fake.
“You can’t for certain say just from a picture in a newspaper that this is a valid South African passport.”
He said the department will work with Kenyan authorities to determine the passport’s validity.