Read one of the many letters of congratulation Cissie Gool received on being re-elected to represent District Six on the Cape Town City Council in 1944. This letter, written by an employee of the council, Moses J Dumalisile, illustrates how popular Gool had become as a politician after her initial five-year stint as a councillor, and the broad-ranging appeal of her political platform.
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Dear Mrs Gool,
This is to congratulate you on your success in the contest against your opponent, Dr Gow, in the event of the council election. We, the City Council's employees, would be deeply sorry, like many other people, should you have missed your seat. As far as we are concerned, we always wished you a successful win in this occasion only for you ir-racial and anti-National efforts in the interest of everybody's difficulties, especially the poor people. We have known from pre-war days down to the present precarious period. Your assistance for the people needed a heavy support from all electoral dimensions. These are the sort of people we want for representing the majority.
We again hope for your inexhaustible efforts with their events during the term of Council and that you try as you did before, to give a help where it is necessary, especially for the Native folk who have caused great confusion in the minds of the White. The Coloured folk looks up to you for their help as well.
Though I, personally, do not know your face, I have known you from the Press and have appreciated every motion from your mentality. But I will one day give me the chance to visit you as I have from now known your address.
I beg to be sir,
Yours in the struggle,
Moses J Dumalisile
- Letter from Moses J Dumalisile to Cissie Gool, September 5, 1944, Abdurahman Papers, Manuscripts and Archives, University of Cape Town, BC506, A2.18