Women were first ordained as priests in the Anglican Church in Southern Africa 20 years ago. Within months of Bishop Wamukoya’s election, another woman, the Revd Margaret Vertue, was elected
bishop of the Diocese of False Bay, which is centred on the town of Somerset West, outside Cape Town.
The church has been ahead of its mother church, the Church of England (CoE) , both in ordaining women as priests and in making them bishops. The CoE this week faces a crucial vote on whether to allow woman bishops.