Verashni Pillay is a contributor at 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.
There’s a reason we can’t just “move on” and get over apartheid. Its effects are still very real for black South Africans, writes Verashni Pillay.
Former president Thabo Mbeki may have backtracked on his Sona comments, but SA needs more credible leaders to lead the charge, says Verashni Pillay.
Julius Malema could have proved his critics wrong but didn't. Verashni Pillay lists five mistakes that have created such disgruntlement in the party.
As the country mourns Top Billing presenter Simba Mhere, it is time for all those who drink and drive to ask whether they are part of the problem.
We can have more honest conversations about race but we cannot reject forgiveness and its aim of reconciliation, writes Verashni Pillay.
What we cannot do in South Africa, and where Zelda la Grange made a mistake, is to allow others to define who we are and where we belong.
The killings at 'Charlie Hebdo' trumped the deaths in Baga because the Western world doesn’t know how to make sense of Africa, writes Verashni Pillay.
Marriage may be the ultimate anger management class for Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema, writes Verashni Pillay.
There is hope that this time, with a rise in grass-roots social activism, capitalism will not win.
The superpower says it didn't know of South African Pierre Korkie's possible release in Yemen, but there are reasons to believe otherwise.