JOHANNESBURG 26 SEPTEMBER 20130 SOUTH AFRICA 1O:21
Gavin Grey | a day ago
She is known to have fled the United Kingdom and crossed into Somalia from Kenya after the 2005 bombings in the British capital.
Lewthwaite (29) was born to a British soldier serving in Northern Ireland.
The family moved to Aylesbury west of London where those who knew them said during her teens she lacked confidence and was very ordinary.
She condemned her husband's actions after the bombings as"abhorrent", saying trips to radical mosques had "poisoned his mind".
Meanwhile, the Department of Home Affairs says there have been several incidents of people being caught with fake South African passports and there are strict procedures to be followed when dealing with this.
This comes in the wake of a picture published in the Beeld newspaper on Tuesday of a South African passport linked to Lewthwaite.
The picture shows Lewthwaite’s face on a South African passport under the name Natalie Faye Webb.
It’s been alleged that Lewthwaite used a South African passport to travel around the continent while she was on the International Criminal Police Organisation’s wanted persons list.
Department spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa says the department needs to determine the facts before making any conclusions.
“In the past, we have dealt with similar cases where people had copies of passports that looked similar to South African passports only to find that they were fake or false. But before we make any conclusions, facts have to be determined around this.”