Verashni Pillay is a contributor at the Mail & Guardian. She grew up in Laudium, 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.
Mahatma Gandhi’s pacifist philosophy inspired many, but his remarks about black South Africans mean his legacy is not beyond reproach.
Tearing down the contested statue of Cecil John Rhodes is too simple and obvious an answer to a complex problem, argues Verashni Pillay.
This is the latest in a long line of mysterious allegations, which prove that South Africa must demand its political parties disclose their funders.
The Cape Times debacle is just one example of how DA leader Helen Zille can show scant respect for journalists and the media, writes Verashni Pillay.
We celebrate the first penis transplant but if we ignore the botched initiations behind it we’re just in one big dick contest, says Verashni Pillay.
Verashni Pillay unpacks the most powerful parts of the documentary "India's Daughter", showing us the implications of being a woman in India.
Her last column was a plea for empathy and understanding, writes Verashni Pillay, not an attempt to drive white guilt.
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.