Smile Mboweni

With all deference, camera-shy Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni must be duly advised that he just cannot have his cake and eat it.

With all deference, camera-shy Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni must be duly advised that he just cannot have his cake and eat it.

No amount of spin could mitigate the senselessness of his controversial decision to impose restrictions on press photographers who want to take pictures of him.

No longer will they be allowed a free hand to snap him but will forfeit that privilege to his own cameraman, according to the bank.

This is the price they have to pay for daring to snap the country's premier banker during off-beat moments - such as when he is wiping his brow.

Might we remind him that just as he is wont to advise consumers - reeling from rate hikes - to grin and bear it, so he should the paparazzi.

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