Iqbal is a qualified lawyer with extensive experience at a management level, acquired since assumption of his position as a partner in a law firm in 1985. He has also gained considerable experience at senior management level in government for a period of ten years and has acquired knowledge over a wide spectrum of formulating and applying policies and procedures in government.

His excellent performance resulted in successive Premiers renewing his term as Head of Department on three occasions. His contract as HoD for Public Safety in North West Province ended in October 2011.

His participation in SALGA during the formative years of the transformation of local government enabled him to contribute towards initiation and development of local government policies and legislation. He continued to play this role in his position as HoD for Local Government and Housing, which he assumed in 2001 by virtue of his membership of Technical MINMEC. This unit advises the MINMEC, which is constituted by the Minister, MECs and SALGA and at which policies and legislation in the sector are discussed and adopted.

As a private legal practitioner, he was seized with various matters ranging from litigation to providing opinions and contract drafting. His legal qualification and practical experience of the criminal and civil justice system is coupled with experience in matters of a human rights nature over a period of 16 years. Iqbal kept abreast of developments in law and his legal background was acknowledged by both the MEC and Premier calling on him on various occasions, to advise on legal issues especially those pertaining to contract, forensic investigations and procurement.

Apart from management and leadership positions, he distinguished himself as a community leader in different positions within the legal profession, Civil Society, playing leadership and management roles in NGOs and private organizations, especially in the development of Housing projects.

He brings depth to JFKS, not only in terms of his experience and knowledge, but also his wisdom and ability to operate in various situations with creative insight and deep understanding.