ON the surface of it, the more serious readers might read our story about police saying they are looking for Khanyi Mbau and Kelly Khumalo after the catfight between the two social butterflies as another distasteful worship of celebrity culture.
We look at it differently. The article shows a growing tendency by the members of the South African Police Service to use the media to announce that they are searching for suspects but don't do anything tangible to prove they are indeed on the trail of those they suspect are guilty of crimes.
If police say they are unable to trace the two women who revel in publicity, what hope do we have that they would catch the more nefarious kind of criminal who thrives in the dark?
Police must return to the basics. Sitting in their offices and hoping they will spot wanted suspects through the window cannot qualify to be called police work.