Finance Minister Tito Mboweni warns that the third wave is on the horizon and said it would be devastating to the economy.

He said the reckless behaviour of some of the people who go partying without adhering to health protocols was a cause for concern.If the third wave struck the country it would be vicious, he said.

The Gauteng provincial government already issued a similar warning on Friday.

Mboweni’s warning was made in the National Council of Provinces on Thursday. He said it was important that when the third wave hits the country they should keep the economy going and protect jobs and lives.

“If we do wrong things we will get the third wave. If that third wave comes it should be managed (in such a way) that we keep the economy going and protect lives,” said Mboweni.

Mboweni said the speed with which the country rolls out vaccines would help.

On Saturday the country was expecting 60 000 doses of Johnson & Johnson from overseas.

The country has inoculated more than 120 000 health-care workers.

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