Furthermore, the state must stand surety for loans for needy students who do not qualify for NSFAS. I invite you, hon members, to learn from the DA's alternative budget, which shows this is workable. [Interjections.] The amount of R21,4 billion can be saved by streamlining government departments as well as their projects; R30 billion can be saved by simply cutting corruption. Educating its citizens is the best investment a country can make.
The returns in revenue and economic growth are over one and eleven-fold respectively. There is no good reason why free higher education for poor qualifying students is delayed and continues to be delayed. There are only bad reasons. There is only a neglectful government. Thank you. [Time expired.] [Applause.]