SOUTH Africa has been put on terror alert after Samantha Lewthwaite, the alleged mastermind behind the Kenya terrorist attack, was seen carrying out surveillance of embassies in Pretoria recently.
Dubbed the "White Widow" by the media, Lewthwaite has been on intelligence watchlists for the past two years. Recent sightings of her were brought to the attention of the South African police intelligence by a security organisation linked to the Jewish community.
South Africa is on a level four – orange-coded – rating following this new development, according to the Sunday Independent.
Only a red alert is more intensive.
Lewthwaite had been wanted in South Africa for identity fraud and in Kenya for being in possession of illegal explosives as well as for conspiracy.
Interpol has issued a red notice for her arrest. This binds all 190 member countries to assist in tracking her down and arresting her.
Lewthwaite was the wife of British suicide bomber Germaine Lindsay, who blew himself up along with 26 commuters in the July 7 2007 London bombings.
Meanwhile, the funeral of the South African killed in the Kenya terror attack, James Thomas, will go ahead as planned, after his body arrived back in the country on Friday night.
Thomas, 57, a man who dedicated his career to training unskilled people, will be remembered on Wednesday at Bishops Diocesan College chapel in Rondebosch, Cape Town.
His family said they were relieved his remains had arrived back home. His son-in-law, Dr Scott Lee-Jones, said Thomas was shot three times and "likely died instantly".