Another ANC MP‚ former state security minister Bongani Bongo‚ said the SABC board needed to introduce a moratorium on hiring at senior and executive level until the Section 189 matter was resolved.
"If you're going to retrench‚ give us how much are you going to spend because retrenchment is also expensive. You must pay out people‚ where's that money going to come from? Because if you retrench people you must pay severance‚" said Bongo.
The DA's Phumzile van Damme also came out in support of a skills and salary audit before retrenchments.
"I said to you: conduct a salary and skills audit and then present to us and say‚ here is the skills audit. Here we have too many legal advisers‚ here we have skills shortages‚ here the salaries are too high‚ there they are too low and because of this audit it's on that basis that we're going to retrench.
"Because you've not done that you've not given us any reason to support retrenchments‚" said Van Damme.
Nhlanhla Khubisa of the NFP also rejected the planned retrenchments.
The portfolio committee plans to travel to Auckland Park next week to hear from the SABC unions what needs to be done to save jobs at the public broadcaster.