RIP Joe Louis

joeJoe Louis Kazadi Kanyona – 32, who was employed as a doorman at Beerhouse On Long, was stabbed by unknown assailants in front of Beerhouse on Long on Saturday at 10:38 pm. The incident occurred after Kanyona requested identity documents from a customer. Despite being attended to by medics, Kanyona tragically passed away.

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.

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. Due to many inquiries received, we’ve set up a fundraiser page on BackaBuddy – all of the proceeds will go straight to his family as he left a wife and his 4-month old baby behind. Donations of baby formula, powdered milk, nappies, baby clothes, etc can be dropped at Beerhouse on 223 Long Street.

In honour of our friend and colleague Joe Kanyona, Beerhouse will reopen at 4pm on Monday the 22nd June, with 100% of the takings on the day going to Joe’s family.

Update 2015/06/30

Update on Joes Legacy one year later and a second fundraiser to support his daughter’s education!

51 Comments On “RIP Joe Louis”

  1. Max | On June 21, 2015

    I am so sorry. It is a tragedy. A gigantesque tragedy.
    Joe died a hero, in the line of duty, protecting the patrons upstairs from criminals.

  2. Martin Davis | On June 21, 2015

    such sad news
    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

  3. Alison Bonehill | On June 21, 2015

    Is there any way I can contribute to this from the UK . Very deepest sympathys to his family .

  4. Paola | On June 22, 2015

    Sending Joe’s family and the Beerhouse family our sincerest condolences. Praying for your strength and unity through this tragedy.

  5. Carol | On June 22, 2015

    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.

    To Joe’s Beerhouse family be strong and stand together to support and comfort each other, especially Jullian.

  6. Marlo | On June 22, 2015

    Good day

    Joe used to work for me aswell! He was really an much respected gentleman! Do you perhaps have any datails regarding his funeral service. Please keep me updated!

  7. lynda | On June 22, 2015

    My deepest sympathy to Joe’s family and beerhouse colleuges.
    Very sad indeed.
    May u find the stregnth from God to get through this sad time.

    Lynda 210 on Long.

  8. Kenneth Mangal | On June 22, 2015

    RIP JOE…

    Condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Joe

    Management and Staff of Cafe Mojito – Julep Cocktail Bar – Bazinga Bar

  9. Sophie Nesbitt | On June 22, 2015

    shocked & saddened to hear about Joe.
    I hope the culprit pays.
    What a tragic waste of life.

  10. HAYLEY | On June 22, 2015

    How sad is this. I remember this gentleman. Wonderfully friendly with a great demeanor. Condolences to his family,friends and colleagues.

  11. Carl Thomen | On June 22, 2015

    Thank you all for your kind words. We are in the process of setting up a donation page which will be live later today. Please keep checking back with us for details, and spread the word.

    Thank you again,
    The Beerhouse Team.

  12. Linki | On June 22, 2015

    So tragic. I reside in Gauteng and have never been to Beer House but am saddened by this unnecessary tragedy. My thanks to him for looking out for the patrons.

  13. Dreamteam | On June 22, 2015

    RIP soldier we shall always honor your service as a well trained security officer, you have passed on as a hero. May your soul rest in Eternal Peace.

  14. sam | On June 22, 2015

    Sad may his soul rest in peace

  15. Janine Smith | On June 22, 2015

    What happened to his attackers? Were they caught?

    Rgds, Janine

    • Carl Thomen | On June 22, 2015

      Hi Janine. No, they got away. No arrests as yet.

  16. Uwe Neu | On June 22, 2015

    What a tragic and useless loss, my condolences to the family and friends. R.I.P.

  17. Amy | On June 22, 2015

    Dear Carl
    You may already know this, but if someone dies due to an injury at work, their dependants e.g. wife, school age children may be able to get some compensation from the Department of Labour. It requires paperwork but I am happy to help you to sort it out if you have never done it before. It is not a huge amount of money, but every little bit helps. You can contact me on my email address.

    • Carl Thomen | On June 22, 2015

      Hi Amy

      Yes, we are aware and we are acting on it. Thank you for your kind offer.


    • Jason | On June 23, 2015

      Hi Amy,

      I am also in the process of going through the Department of Labour for the very same reason for one of my employees. Is there anything you know of that could speed up the process?

  18. Thato Milan | On June 22, 2015

    Damn this is sad, last winter i used to pester him for his Milton coat and how upset i got when he bounced pretty girls.

    A genuine beautiful soul and may God watch over his famiglia

    RIP homes!!

  19. Carl Thomen | On June 22, 2015

    Please follow this link to donate:

  20. Buntu Qwela | On June 22, 2015

    Just a week ago i was out conversing with this brother 🙁 this too said to bare…. no fcken ways O_O Papa Joe is gone?? I feel like i just lost a family member

  21. Peter | On June 22, 2015

    Sincere condolences to Joes family and the team at Beer House from all the staff at Mexican on Long

  22. Xoliswa | On June 22, 2015

    Is Joe’s the baby a boy or a girl

    • Carl Thomen | On June 22, 2015

      Hi Xoliswa. Joe’s baby is a bubbly little girl. Thanks for your interest.

  23. Xoliswa | On June 22, 2015

    Can you please email me the formula this lil gal is taking if you may know and your operating hours,im hoping to pop in and drop some stuff for the little princess

  24. Giselle | On June 22, 2015

    RIP. What heartbreaking news. I hope you make a lot more to give his fam, sad I can’t make it to support.

  25. Peter Muwanula | On June 22, 2015

    So sorry about what happend. Its such a shame. Sorry 2 the family & people that had 2 see what happened

  26. Gasant | On June 22, 2015

    So sad that he died a day before fathers day,and his baby girl have to grow up without her father,i salute the owners n staff of Beerhouse for supporting the late Joe’s family during this difficult time,my condolences n deepest sympathy to fam n friends

  27. fiina | On June 22, 2015

    shjoooooo RIP I am a day fan of Beer house only once I went night time to watch the football world cup… To J family only time will healxxx

  28. Boipelo | On June 22, 2015

    Rest In Peace Joe Louis

  29. amara | On June 22, 2015

    Though I never met you but I have heard a lot of good things about you. Good things they says never last forever. RIP Joe.

  30. Carol | On June 22, 2015

    I am deeply touched by the death of Joe Louis Kazadi I present my sincere condolences to his family, his friends and all those who knew him.May God rest his soul RIP Joe

  31. David RIOT beer | On June 23, 2015

    Tragedy. RIP!

  32. Owen | On June 23, 2015

    RIP Joe. Only God knows best.

  33. Nicola Diana | On June 23, 2015

    I saw Joe every time I went to beerhouse and he always said hello, with a friendly smile. What a kind human, taken too soon from this world. Sending love to his family and colleagues, and all who cared about him. xx

  34. doreen | On June 23, 2015

    As from what I hv read about this guy I hv never met the man haven’t been to long str in ages,he seems a good man
    what is happening in this world has people gone mad are they being controlled by some evil spirits,this is bad the person that did this does he not have a family? WoW !!! To Joe’s family may the almighty bring peace upon.
    R.I.P JOE.

  35. Dorothy | On June 23, 2015

    Joe, my friend….My heart is bitterly, bitterly sore. Words can not explain how at a loss we are without you. I have had the honour of seeing that smile for 3yrs. Every Monday morning @ 10am you & I would have our meeting. I sat crying yesterday at 10am knowing I will never see you walking through that office door again. Broken does not begin to even explain how your community is feeling. We will miss you terribly.

  36. margy | On June 23, 2015

    i am not a frequenter of Long street- only sad to read of this loss- a young mans like this – evry ones son.

  37. Elaine | On June 23, 2015

    Heartbreaking 🙁 so sorry to hear. Thinking of his family and you guys xxx

  38. Elaine | On June 23, 2015

    ps: will be dropping off some things for the baby girl on Saturday x

  39. Gina | On June 23, 2015

    So sorry, my sincere condolences to the family. I didn’t know Joe but this is a true tragedy and a sad reality of South Africa violence.

    • Tori | On February 27, 2017

      Respectable dit :Les commentaires à propos du massacre commencent à devenir obscènes sur Hétu. Ils ne savent pas faire la différence entre une personnalité normale gauchiste ou droitiste et une personnalité pathologique tout court. Et ce n’est pas la petite germaine Lizzie qui leur vient en aide loin de là. Sa chum Linda semble en savoir un peu plus qu’elle. J’ai bien dit un peu plus, mais pas maunm©matiqteÃeht davantage. C’est une avocate forte en gueule dit-on et pas toujours rationnelle.

  40. Monique | On June 23, 2015

    what a tragic loss. this is such a beautiful thing that you guys are doing, it just shows Joe was loved and respected. I hope those bastards that did this, pay for it in every way possible.
    R.I.P Joe

  41. zandile ntunta | On June 24, 2015

    my deepest condolences to his family as a whole its so sad to lose a loved one this way but he really died a hero and for that he has made his mark to be remembered,his memory will still live on.may his wife stay strong through this it will pass and she needs to all her strength for that lovely little angel.MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE

  42. Slug & Lettuce Long Str | On June 24, 2015

    On behalf of the team at Slug & Lettuce we wish to express or sincere condolences to Joe’s family and also to the staff of Beerhouse. This is sad and heartbreaking news. We all, in a way feel like family in Long Street and this affects us all in a very sad way. All the sincere comments above, made us realise again how appreciative customers are for the work that the doormen does at most of the outlets. We hope that, at least for Joe’s sake, justice will be served in this matter. All the best.

  43. Clint | On June 30, 2015

    Rest in peace friend.

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