Love Island's new villa overlooks prison where Nelson Mandela was held

Love Island’s new £1.2million South African villa ‘overlooks prison where Nelson Mandela served a jail term’

The brand new £1.2million Love Island villa in South Africa overlooks the prison where Nelson Mandela served a jail term, it’s been reported.

While the singletons of the upcoming winter series will be hoping to find love in the swanky abode, the vibe may somewhat be killed thanks to the view of the jail, in which the former president served the last part of his 27 year sentence, reports The Mirror.

Mandela was held at Drakenstein Prison – formerly known as Victor Verster Prison – for the last 14 months of his sentence. He was jailed for opposing South Africa’s apartheid system.

View: The brand new £1.2million Love Island villa in South Africa overlooks the prison where Nelson Mandela served a jail term, it’s been reported

Drakenstein Prison is located on the outskirts of Cape Town and houses murderers including serials killers.

The prison even housed notorious killers including triple axe-killer Henri van Breda, who was found guilty of murdering his parents and brother back in May 2018. 

Meanwhile the prison was raided overnight during the Christmas period in a bid to combat rising levels of crime, with police going on to seize illegal goods including cell phones, cash, electrical wires and chargers.

Historic: Mandela was held at Drakenstein Prison – formerly known as Victor Verster Prison – for the last 14 months of his sentence. He was jailed for opposing South Africa’s apartheid system 

Despite the unfortunate neighbours, the supersized luxury eco-retreat still boasts stunning mountain views and is nestled away in a ‘protected area’ in the heart of the Franschhoek wine valley in South Africa’s ‘millionaire row’.

MailOnline have contacted Love Island representatives for comment. 

The 2023 Love Island winter series is set to kick off on Monday 16 January on ITV2. 

Oh n o: While the singletons of the upcoming winter series will be hoping to find love in the swanky abode, the vibe may somewhat be killed thanks to the view of the jail, in which the former president served the last part of his 27 year sentence

Ahead of the series, new Love Island host  Maya Jama is already offering some advice to the upcoming contestants as she urges them to ‘take some time away’ from social media when dealing with the newfound fame. 

The presenter, 28, explained that they can ‘utilise it for the best bits’ to avoid negativity online, as she gave her own tips and tricks.

It comes after the ITV2 dating show revealed that they have updated their duty of care policy and enforced a new social media ban while contestants are inside the villa.

New host: Maya Jama offered advice to the new Love Island contestants on Friday as she urges them to ‘take some time away’ from social media

Appearing on Friday’s This Morning, Maya chatted to hosts Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary on the upcoming series.

And the presenting duo were keen to know what advice she had in terms of being online in the public eye.

She explained: ‘If you are already a social media user, use it for fun, if you don’t want the extra stuff, take some time away. Mute people you don’t want to see.

‘I have it so I can only see my close friends on Instagram, so I live in this happy bubble. If you can utilize it for the best bits that a good combo.’

Tips: The presenter explained that they can ‘utilise it for the best bits’ to avoid negativity online, as she gave her own tips and tricks

The new Love Island rules mean that ITV2 will ban Islanders’ social media activity during the show and will give enhanced training around behaviour in relationships after a controversial summer series. 

In previous seasons, families and friends have been appointed to man islanders’ social media accounts – often posting on their behalf.

But now ITV have said a comprehensive package of welfare measures remain in place for programme contributors to ensure stars are fully supported before, during and after the filming period.

As part of extended measures to protect both the Islanders and their families from ‘the adverse effects of social media’, participants will be asked to pause handles and accounts on their social media platforms for the duration of their time on the show.

Talk show: Appearing on Friday’s This Morning, Maya chatted to hosts Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary on the upcoming show

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