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Bar owner exposes Long Street 'extortion racket'

Joe Kanyona was stabbed to death in a murder that could be linked to an extortion racket run by Moroccans.

Stretch of businesses along Long Street. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A Long Street bar owner claims businesses along the stretch of road are forced to pay a fee to a security company against their will.

The issue is in the spotlight after a fatal stabbing at popular bar Beerhouse, at the weekend.

A 33-year-old Congolese doorman, Joe Louis Kazadi Kanyona, was stabbed to death by a group of men in front of Beerhouse on Saturday night.

While the exact motive is unclear, it's been speculated the man's killing could be linked to a 'security extortion racket' allegedly run by Moroccans.

John Davidson, who owns Bob's Bar, claims if he doesn't pay up, he and his staff are not safe.

"The point is we still pay a fee every month and of course I object to it. Someone comes to see you on the 1st of every month and you pay. Back in the day, I had my windows broken. I had people come in, a bit like we were having a beer day but not as severe and they make you want to pay."

MONEY TO BE DONATED TO KANYONA'S FAMILY

The owner of Beerhouse said Monday's earnings would be donated to Kanyona's family.

The murder was captured on CCTV and the footage has been handed over to police investigators.

Owner, Randolf Jorberg said Kanyona is survived by his wife and their four-month-old baby.

"We will put up a photograph of him and we will also be collecting cash donations. We will also need to make sure that we get back to a normal trading business, and we hope our customers support us in that."

Kanyona has been described as a friendly and gentle soul.