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.

Also see an image of the letter.

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



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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