Justice Zakeria “Zac” Mohammed Yacoob was born on 3 March 1948. He became blind at 16 months because of meningitis. Yacoob attended Durban's Arthur Blaxall School for the Blind from 1956 to 1966. From 1967 to 1969 he studied for a BA and from 1970 to 1972, completed an LLB at the University College, Durban (now the University of KwaZulu-Natal), majoring in English and private law. He was involved with many clubs and societies at university and helped to organise activities and negotiations that culminated in the first elected students' representative council.