Member of the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Legislature
Mr Pillay serves as the MEC for Finance in the Provincial Government of KwaZulu-Natal.
He completed his BA LLB at University of Durban Westville and qualified as an attorney. He practiced law for many years.
He was a student activist in 1976 and was recruited into the ANC in 1981. He led several civic, sporting and religious organizations. He played a leading role in the peace process on the South Coast during the turbulent 1990s and was Co-Chairperson of the Local Government Negotiating Forum.
He was the first Speaker of the Hibiscus Coast Municipality before becoming the Speaker of the Ugu District Municipality. In 2009 he was elected to the Provincial Parliament and served as Chief Whip of the ANC until 2011 when he was appointed MEC for two major departments – Human Settlements and Public Works in KwaZulu.
He served as a branch, regional and provincial leader of the African National Congress, as well as its Provincial Executive and Working Committees.