Emma Pomfret

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The first black South African to become bishop of the Anglican diocese of Natal, and chairman of the KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council (KZNCC), Rubin Phillip is playing a crucial role in opposing the government’s attempted subjugation of Abahlali baseMjondolo (AbM), a South African shack-dweller movement, writes Emma Pomfret. Pomfret investigates the recent traumas endured by AbM, and talks to the bishop about his commitment to seeing those who are suffering take charge of their own destiny.