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National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi did not make a comment to the Sunday Times newspaper that he would never be arrested, police said yesterday.
National police spokesman Director Sally de Beer said Commissioner Selebi did not say "they will never arrest me". This implied that he was above the law, she said.
The Sunday newspaper ran a headline on its front page which read: "They will never arrest me", followed by a subheading reading: "Top cop Selebi hits back defiantly over warrant".
De Beer said Selebi only advised the publication that he was not aware of a warrant for his arrest, adding that the article's headline was misleading.
The Sunday Times reported that Selebi said he would never be arrested because a warrant did not exist.
"I will never be arrested . If there is a warrant for me, I will stand on the 10th floor of the Sandton Towers so that the Scorpions can arrest me," the newspaper quoted him as saying.
A search and seizure document was reportedly also obtained from the Pretoria high court.
"I am not bothered at all. For what must I be arrested? There is no such thing as a warrant . I will not comment on charges as there is no warrant," the Sunday Times reported Selebi as saying.
The question of Selebi's possible arrest came in the wake of the suspension of National Director of Public Prosecutions Vusi Pikoli by President Thabo Mbeki last Monday.
On Saturday night the Government Communication and Information System spokesman Themba Maseko said Mbeki had appointed Frene Ginwala, former speaker in parliament, to conduct an inquiry into Pikoli's fitness to hold office. He said a press conference would be held today outlining the details and format of the inquiry. - Sapa