Zainunnisa “Cissie” Gool

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Leader of the NLL and NEUF, member of the FAC, advocate and representative on the Cape Town City Council.

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Date of birth: 
6 November 1897
Location of birth: 
Cape Town, Western Cape (now Western Province), South Africa
Date of death: 
1 July 1963
Location of death: 
Cape Town, Cape Province (Western Cape), South Africa

Zainunnisa “Cissie” Gool was born in Cape Town in 1897. Her father was the prominent politician, Dr Abdullah Abdurahman, leader of the African Peoples Organisation (APO) which he had helped to form in 1902. Abdurahman was also the first black South African to be elected to the Cape Town City Council in 1904.

• Adv. Cissie Gool (1897- 1963)[online] Available at: [Accessed 27 July 2009]
• Morris, Michael (2004) Every Step of the Way: The Journey to Freedom in South Africa. HSRC Press: Cape Town, pp. 210-211.
• “The Jewel of District Six”[online] Available at: [Accessed 27 July 2009]

Last updated : 07-Aug-2017

This article was produced for South African History Online on 17-Feb-2011