Verashni Pillay is an associate editor of the Mail & Guardian. She grew up in an unnoticed corner of Pretoria, learned her trade at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, spent a spell in Cape Town as an online journalist, and now loves living in Jozi. Her interests are broad but include a focus on politics and multi-platform story-telling.
From knowing corruption is a "Western paradigm" to abhorring dogs and gay people: welcome to Jacob Zuma's idea of what it means to be an African.
The IEC’s plans to have its lease deal set aside has those familiar with the details of the deal divided: will they succeed or incur further costs?
The Mail & Guardian sits down with Salil Shetty to discuss the country’s abuses and the new direction Amnesty International is taking.
Tim Noakes thinks Julius Malema is carbohydrate intolerant. Verashni Pillay can think of a number of other intolerances among our political elite.
No punches were spared as EFF leader Julius Malema battled his former "Mr Miyagi", Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, in a hilarious Twitter fight.
On his 146th birthday anniversary, Verashni Pillay reflects on Mahatma Gandhi's complicated legacy for a country whose majority he did not champion.
New arms deal details have confirmed why Jacob Zuma initially encouraged Andrew Feinstein to investigate: he may have needed bribery ammunition.
The ANC has denied new details that have emerged on how bribes were paid to the ANC and Jacob Zuma, using code words such as “Eiffel Tower”.
What does the government do with its inconveniently placed DGs? Banish them to the State Information Technology Agency, of course.
It can be hard to keep abreast of all the key catchphrases. Here's an attempt at understanding the latest South African political lexicon.