Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

View the flyers that signalled that Cissie Gool had arrived on the Cape Town political scene. Distributed in 1938, they urged voters in District Six to put their crosses next to her name, and outlined her political platform.

Also see an image of the flyer.

5th Sept, 1938

"The People's Own Candidate"

Mrs Z. Gool
(President of the National Liberation League of SA)

Who stands for:

1. Decent housing and sanitation
2. Additional refuse removal services
3. More creches and clinics for the poor
4. Open spaces for childen
5. The abolition of slums and the Reform Party
6. Equal Opportunity for the employment of coloured people in the Council
7. Higher wages for municipal employees
8. Recreation grounds and a swimming bath for Wards 6 & 7
10. The immediate construction of a public hall for Wards 6 & 7

- "Municipal Election: Vote for Mrs Z Gool", Election handbill, September 5, 1938, Abdurahman Papers, Manuscripts and Archives, University of Cape Town, BC506, A5


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"What I try to do is build a brighter and better population for Cape Town as a whole."
Cissie Gool
Cissie Gool, 1954
Bailey's History Archives


Pictures and promises

In this lesson plan, learners will study some images of Cissie Gool, including an election handbill, a newspaper report and an extract from a poem she wrote when she was a teenager. They will be asked to see how much they can find out about what she was like from this collection of sources.


Lesson plan
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Archive Photo Gallery
Posters for the "people’s own candidate" and photos from the very public life of Cissie Gool.
Artwork Photo Gallery
Capetonians at play on the inscribed bollards that commemorate the "Jewel of District Six" .
Audio Documentary
Hear how Gool both served and scandalised Cape Town’s Muslim community.
Zoom in on this 360° people-friendly memorial situated on Longmarket Street Pedestrian Mall near parliament.
"Certainly not a Rosa Luxemburg" documentary part 1
Four excerpts from ‘She was certainly not a Rosa Luxemburg,’ by UCT post-graduate student G. Paleker
"Certainly not a Rosa Luxemburg" part 2
Part 2 focuses on Gool as a student and her marriage.
"Certainly not a Rosa Luxemburg" part 3
In Part 3, Gool’s sister-in-law describes listening to her speak at a political event in the Drill Hall
"Certainly not a Rosa Luxemburg" part 4
Gool’s death and funeral brought thousands of mourners onto the streets
Cissie Gool Memorial
Spend some time watching footage of our memorial to Gool, and hear what Cape Town’s residents think of it and the woman it commemorates