Zak Yacoob

Zakeria Mohammed "Zak" Yacoob (born 3 March 1948) is an anti-apartheid activist and a former Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa.[1] He was appointed to the bench in 1998 by Nelson Mandela. He briefly served as Acting Deputy Chief Justice during the long-term leave of Dikgang Moseneke. He became blind at 16 months due to meningitis and attended Durban's Arthur Blaxall School for the Blind from 1956 to 1966. From 1967 to 1969 he studied for a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University College for Indians after which he completed his LLB degree at the University of Durban-Westville in 1972. He married in 1970, and has two adult children (a daughter and a son). He has lived in Durban, South Africa almost all his life.


Zak Yacoob
Retired Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa
In office
Appointed byPresident Nelson Mandela
Personal details
Born (1948-03-03) 3 March 1948
Durban, South Africa
ResidenceDurban, South Africa
Alma materUniversity College for Indians; University of Durban-Westville


  1. "Justice Zak Yacoob". Constitutional Court of South Africa. Retrieved 9 November 2008.

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