Tributes pour in for murdered Cape Town doorman

2015-06-22 14:55
Joe Kanyona (Beerhouse on Long)

Joe Kanyona (Beerhouse on Long)

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Cape Town - Popular Cape Town pub Beerhouse on Long said it would reopen on Monday afternoon following the weekend murder of its doorman, with all proceeds of the day going to support the doorman's 4-month-old baby and family.

Joe Louis Kazadi Kanyona, 32, was apparently attacked by unknown assailants at about 22:30 on Saturday night.

"The incident occurred after Kanyona requested identity documents from a customer. Despite being attended to by medics, Kanyona tragically passed away," Beerhouse on Long said on its website.

Western Cape police spokesperson Constable Noloyiso Rwexana said on Sunday that officers arrived to find Kanyona lying on the floor with a stab wound to his neck.

A murder case was opened and no arrests have been made.

Extortion network

Meanwhile, The Times reported on Monday that the incident was typical of an extortion network that was targeting entertainment establishments in Cape Town.

According to the report, the owner of Beerhouse on Long had rejected one of many offers by a security company to use its services two weeks ago.

A security analyst told the newspaper that the appointment of a security company was linked to the sale of drugs by bouncers, and if owners do not accept their services they resort to rough tactics.

"Joe, as he was affectionately known by the Beerhouse team, was a much-loved colleague and friend, and although he worked in the security environment he had a gentle soul, friendly demeanour and ready smile," Beerhouse on Long said.

"The Beerhouse family has been deeply hurt by this tragic incident, and we wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to the Kanyona family and loved ones. We would like to assure all concerned that we will do everything in our power to look after Joe’s family."


Tributes poured in for Kanyona on the company's website.

A user, Max, wrote: "Joe died a hero, in the line of duty, protecting the patrons upstairs from criminals."

Martin Davis said: "I didn’t really know Joe that well but I’ve walked past him loads of times and he always said hi with a smile. Sending much love to he’s family and friends at this sad time."

Carol wrote: "RIP Joe. Thanks for the hugs and smiles. Mostly thanks for looking after the staff at close of business, as a mother I do so appreciate it. Condolences to Joe’s family. May you find peace in time and remember the happy young man that Joe was."

Hayley said: "How sad is this. I remember this gentleman. Wonderfully friendly with a great demeanour. Condolences to his family, friends and colleagues."

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