The new Love Island villa in Cape Town, South Africa is located in the midst of a “rampant” gang war that saw a security boss murdered.
The ITV2 dating show’s producers moved the show’s location to Cape Town to help guarantee some sun in the winter months.
But, it seems the move is a risky one as the South African capital as named the 11th deadliest city in the world last year, which is partly down to its rate of a whopping 2,868 murders last year.
And, another deadly crime in the city has hit days before the new series is set to launch on Sunday 12 January.
Extreme Security Measures owner Tim Looter was slain on Sunday evening, which IOL reported could be “linked to an underground war to gain control over security at nightclubs as well as the prostitution and drug trade”.
A source told the publication the murder has been linked to the Sexy Boys gang. They said: “Prior to his death Lotter was allegedly linked to the nightclub security controlled by the Sexy Boys and other underworld figures.
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“It is alleged he jumped ship and joined forces with rivals in the underworld and when the Sexy Boys got wind of it, decided to take him out. His move to rival underworld figures would have resulted in huge financial losses to the Sexy Boys.”
The shooting comes after a rise in violent and sexual offences in the country was reported in 2019, with murders rising every year in the last decade and sexual offences rising by 4.6% in 2019.
The ITV2 show’s bosses are reportedly taking extreme measures to secure the South Africa villa, as it was recently reported that the bosses have hired “armed guards to patrol the compound throughout the series”.
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An insider told the Daily Star last week: “Producers aren’t taking any chances. It’s been arranged for armed guards to patrol the compound throughout the series.
“They will have them surrounding the area so there is no chance of any breaches.”
As well as armed guards, the producers have kept the exact location of the new villa a secret and instructed the production team to keep a “low profile”.
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The source added: “If it’s known to everyone in the area that a big TV show is in town, then it will become a target.
“There are concerns there could be kidnap attempts if things aren’t done carefully.”
The new islanders, who were announced earlier this week, have also been “extensively briefed” about security procedures.
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