WHEN Justice Zakeria “Zac” Mohammed Yacoob was interviewed by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) in 1997, prior to his appointment as a Constitutional Court judge in 1998, Judge Ismail Mahomed observed that Yacoob had enjoyed “one of the most intimate associations with the evolution of the Constitution of this country”. Yacoob was born in Durban, in 1948. Aged 16 months, he contracted meningitis and became blind. He attended Durban’s Arthur Blaxall School for the Blind from 1956 onwards. In 1967, Yacoob began studying for a BA at the University College, Durban (now University of KwaZulu-Natal), majoring in English and private law, completing his bachelor of law degree at the University of Durban-Westville in 1972. He married Anu, a social worker, in 1970 and they have two children.