Sango Phatekile Holomisa (Ah! Dilizintaba) was born on August 26, 1959, at Ngqungqu Great Place, Mqanduli, Transkei, in the Eastern Cape. His parents were the late Nkosi Mathathisa Moses Holomisa (Ah! Jongisizwe) and Nkosikazi Nokuphila Phyllis Holomisa (Ah! Noumile) of the Hegebe Clan of the Thembu Nation. He attended primary and secondary school in the Transkei, completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Transkei (now Walter Sisulu University) and graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of Natal (now University of KwaZulu-Natal). He is an advocate of the High Court of South Africa and a founder member of the National Association of Democratic Lawyers (NADEL). He joined the ANC in 1985 and has been a member of Parliament since 1994. He is Head of the Hegebe Traditional Council and was President of the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Contralesa) from 1990 to 2013, an organisation he joined in 1989. In 2002, he was elected chairperson of the Southern African Development Community Council of traditional leaders (SADCCTL). Holomisa is currently the South African Deputy Minister of Labour.