Zhulfa was born and raised in Cape Town, Western Cape. She holds a B.Tech in Management from Cape Peninsula University of Technology, and a Diploma in Accounting. She has been a Development Practitioner for over 25 years and a specialist in financial and operations management. She has served on a number of boards namely: Women in Need, the Grail Centre and the Extra Mural Education Project. She is a fervent activist who is passionate about community development and solidarity work and has actively participated in community policing, anti-gangsterism organising, residents’ association and the Palestinian solidarity network.