Member of the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Legislature
Mr Hlabisa was born in KwaZulu Natal.
At 13 he joined the national cultural liberation movement Inkatha yeNkululeko yeSizwe where he began to study the leadership and values of the IFP. His own leadership qualities were immediately recognised and nurtured, leading him to the position of Branch Chairperson, then Constituency Chairperson, Ward Councillor, District Chairperson, Deputy Mayor and National Secretary of the IFP Youth Brigade.
For six years he served as Chairperson of the Community Working Group, working with the South African Medical Research Council on HIV/Aids and Microbicide trials. He has also served for more than a decade as Chairperson of the Hlabisa Hospital Board.
His passion for education saw him pursue a career in teaching, where he rose to Principal of Somfula High School. Continuing his studies, he obtained an SSTD and B. Paed Degree in History from the University of Zululand, and a BA Honours Degree in History from the University of South Africa.
While studying at the University of Zululand, he became a founding member and first Chairperson of the South African Democratic Students’ Movement at the University. Later he became Regional Deputy Chairperson of the National Teachers’ Union.
As a believer in lifelong learning, President Hlabisa still attends countless seminars and workshops on Conflict Management, Executive Leadership and Good Governance.
Having led in all IFP party structures, he was appointed Provincial Secretary for KwaZulu Natal in 2011, thus becoming a Member of the IFP’s National Executive Committee. In 2016 he was elected Mayor of Hlabisa Local Municipality in Umkhanyakude District.
In October 2017, he was elected as the President of the IFP.