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.
Prophets come and go, especially when they stop serving their function in society, writes Verashni Pillay, who hopes that TB Joshua’s time is nigh.
TB Joshua’s church has turned from attacking potential rescuers to helping them. So has Nigeria's government but it’s a case of too little too late.
Confusion reigns over the death toll and Nigeria refuses to allow South African search teams access to the site of the collapsed church building.
Politicians are open to ridicule when their comments get lost in translation, as with Nomvula Mokonyane's defence of Jacob Zuma "with our buttocks".
A study says chiefs of staff should have managerial competencies, showing that Thuthukile Zuma's appointment may have been out of line.
Why is Zwelinzima Vavi spending his precious political capital on a boycott of Generations in support of highly-paid actors, asks Verashni Pillay.
SA's reaction to Kebby Maphatsoe’s CIA comments is a far cry from the tense relationship with the US under Thabo Mbeki, writes Verashni Pillay.
The revamped government communications portfolio have been a bitter disappointment thanks to a poor choice of minister in Faith Muthambi.
Casual references to foreign powers and spies are unlikely to let up after Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Maphatsoe's slap-down.
The public protector provincial representative in the Western Cape has resigned from his position.