Mystery Beerhouse attacker still on the loose, court hears

2015-08-19 16:01
Joe Kanyona (Beerhouse on Long)

Joe Kanyona (Beerhouse on Long)

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Cape Town – A mystery man believed to have stabbed a Beerhouse on Long doorman is still on the loose and police have yet to come up with a motive for the murder, it emerged on Wednesday.

“There are so many theories going around at this stage,” Warrant Officer Jeremy Steyn told prosecutor Andy Hess in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court.

“There were allegations in Long Street about protection rackets, but I have got no indication in this docket that is involved.”

Steyn, based at Cape Town Central Police Station, was tasked with investigating the murder of Joe Louis Kazadi Kanyona outside the pub last month.

He was testifying during the bail application of Ubaid van der Bergh, 20, Toufieq Essa, 21, and Nasbie Edwards, 27.

It emerged that CCTV footage showed Van der Bergh and Essa forming a "wall" around the victim and concealing the stabbing.

The court heard that a mystery man named Ashley was tasked with "drawing blood" and that a bouncer had to be sorted out because there had been an argument.

Suspects don't pose flight risk

Steyn said Ashley stayed in the shadows and they did not know what he looked like. They had brought in a man in for questioning with the same name, but he wasn’t the right person.

Edwards allegedly gave his co-accused R1 000 to split afterwards, Steyn said.

Kanyona and his brother were employed directly by the owner as doormen, not bouncers.

Acting Magistrate Grant Engel asked whether the attack was directed at Kanyona or at the pub, but Steyn said he could not determine that.

"As far as I know, the owner didn’t belong to any protection scheme."

Although Steyn said it would be in the interests of justice to deny the men bail, he later admitted to defence lawyer Mahdney Arnold that they did not pose a flight risk.

The bail application would resume on August 27.

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