Samuel Mkhabela died on Tuesday in hospital after a long illness.
He was the seventh son of the late Willie Zaba Mkhabela and Johannah Mkhabela (nee Mabundza).
Mkhabela was born on a cold day and his life never warmed up enough for him to fulfill some of his life dreams.
He shunned teaching as a career, despite pleas from his family.
His desire and life's ambition was to be a lawyer or doctor. All this was never to be.
He started schooling at the Anderson Memorial at Ndengeza village in Limpopo and later attended Hitekani and Gazankulu primary schools. He matriculated in 1982 at Vuwani High School in Tshiawelo, Soweto.
Mkhabela was not able to follow his preferred fields of study, medicine or law and instead field worked for short, fruitless spells as a salesman for a record and later an insurance company in Johannesburg.
This was followed by longer stints at Anglo American where he was employed in the human safety department between 1985 and 1991. His last employment station was in the Justice Department.
Ever ambitious and restless, he tried his hand in business. But, unlike his father, he did not persist. What went wrong?
His spiritual journey, however, led him through brief spells at a number of churches.
He was exposed to different church experiences in the Assemblies of God, Full Gospel Church of God, Zion Christian Church, Universal Church, among others.
His form of religious practice was unusual. He also never really exclusively attached himself to one or the other group.
Friends and siblings described him as an avid reader, a hopeless dreamer, a clever guy as well as a social and gregarious being.
Mkhabela was politically unaffiliated but always keen to start a heated political discussion.
In 1984, he married the late Mapule Dinah Kwinda and the couple was blessed with two children, Peace and his sister Nsuku Magauta.
Mkhabela is survived by the his five children.
The children, their mothers, the extended family, his six brothers and a sister will sorely miss him.
Mkhabela will be buried on Sunday at Avalon Cemetry. The funeral service will be held at from 7am at Ipelegeng Community Centre, White City, Jabavu, in Soweto.
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