A South African reality TV show featuring the girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius will be broadcast this weekend, despite her tragic death at the athlete’s home yesterday morning.
Model and law graduate Reeva Steenkamp was found shot dead at Pistorius’ Praetoria home in the early hours of Thursday morning. Her boyfriend and star of last year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games has since appeared in court charged with her murder.
“This week’s episode will be dedicated to Reeva’s memory,” read a statement released by the producers of Tropika Island of Treasure.
Executive producer Samantha Moon said: “As we grieve today with Reeva’s family and friends and struggle to make sense of this shocking tragedy, it has taken much deliberation to come to the decision to continue screening Tropika Island of Treasure 5 as planned.”
Steenkamp had already recorded her role in the fifth series of the reality show which sees seven South African celebrities and seven other contestants inhabiting two “7-star” villas as they undergo a series of “adrenaline-fuelled” challenges over a period of ten weeks in Jamaica.
A special tribute to Steenkamp will be aired ahead of Saturday’s broadcast at 18:30 (16:30 GMT) on SABC1.