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Johannesburg - The name Natalie Webb, is on everyone’s lips. But a 37-year-old interior designer from Joburg is not too pleased with the association.
Her name is the same as the alias used by Samantha Lewthwaite, a suspected British terrorist known as the “White Widow”. Lewthwaite is believed to be part of Somali Islamist terrorist organisation al-Shabaab.
Lewthwaite obtained a passport in the name of a Natalie Webb, a real identity, from the Durban Home Affairs office.
Lewthwaite is suspected to have been involved in the terrorist attack at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi that left 67 people dead in a bloody four-day siege.
She has also been linked to the London Tube bombings in 2005 in which her husband Jermaine Lindsay blew himself up and killed 26 people. She has been on police wanted lists since March last year.
After Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor revealed that Lewthwaite fraudulently obtained a passport in Durban, media have been calling the Joburg-based Natalie Webb, to find out whether it was she who had her identity stolen.
“I’ve had some calls, but it isn’t me as I’ve never had any problems before,” said Webb.
She said other than the fact that they were both Caucasian females, they had nothing in common.
“On the image of the ID, you see the year starting with 85, but I was born in 1976,” she said.
Lewthwaite used the middle name, Faye, while Webb’s middle name is Anne.
“I can prove we are not the same, and it is not my identity she has stolen, but possibly some other Natalie Webb, but I haven’t travelled overseas since she was put on the wanted lists, so I hope I don’t come across any problems,” said Webb.
Independent on Saturday