Former Transnet group treasurer Mathane Makgatho told the state capture inquiry on Thursday that her presence was not welcome during the discussions regarding the controversial procurement of 1,064 locomotives in 2014.
During the time when bids were evaluated Makgatho received word from a colleague that state capture-implicated Transnet CFO Anoj Singh had ordered that she not be allowed into the Transnet data centre.
She ignored the instruction and spent the week at the data room, which is when she discovered irregularities with some of the prospective contractors.
The red flag was the same BEE partner appeared in the status section of numerous contractors, said Makgatho.
It was then that she realised that her presence was unwelcome and that the role of treasury had become highly diluted as she wanted four other Treasury members to have been involved in the negotiation.