Madlala is a political analyst and organisational development practitioner. He obtained his qualifications from Umbumbulu College of Education (UCE), University of South Africa and Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA). He is also a poet and writer. His book "Fountains of Fear" has been translated to German. Madlala has previously worked as a teacher and social activist. His duties at DPP are workshop facilitation, community liaison and research. He is currently a local government and policy development specialist and also a civil society convener at the KZN Economic Council and the KZN Human Resource Council respectively.