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.
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.
A high turnover of government’s senior civil servants has led to poor performance and as much as R44-million a year for them to twiddle their thumbs.
Because of the ANC's factions, ministers often don't trust the public servants who came before them.
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.