Woman held after teen dies in hit and run

Olivia Sieff

Police have arrested a woman in connection with the death of Olivia Sieff, 18, who was killed in a hit and run outside a Claremont nightclub in the early hours of Sunday.

Claremont police are investigating a culpable homicide case. A suspect arrested on Wednesday was due to be formally charged today, Thursday, said Claremont police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Marnus Fourie.

Officers responding to the scene outside the Tin Roof nightclub, at about 1.50am, found the Herschel Girls’ High matriculant lying “not responsive” in the road, said Lieutenant Colonel Marnus Fourie.

Olivia, who had recently been signed with Boss Models, was declared dead at the scene.

She was reportedly walking across the road and looking back at her friend when a white hatchback with blue stripes hit her and drove off

Head of Herschel Girls’ High Heather Goedeke said there had been a gathering at the school on Monday to mourn Olivia.

“It seemed appropriate to create the space for her friends to connect so that they could be together in this sad and difficult time.”

The 2021 matrics gathered at the school’s sports centre where they were supported by staff and some parents. Pupils placed flowers around a school fountain and wrote in a memory book to be given to the Sieff family.

“We listened to beautiful music played by members of our music department, a comforting message and prayer prepared by Reverend Lorna Lavarello-Smith, our school chaplain, and also took time to pause and reflect quietly,” said Ms Goedeke.

Boss Models declined to comment but expressed their condolences to Olivia’s family on their Facebook page and said, “Rest easy, beautiful soul. A vibrant light tragically taken from this world too soon.”

Claremont Improvement District executive director Abdul Kerbelker said: “We wish to convey our sincere condolences to the family and friends of this young woman.”

The Tatler could not reach Olivia’s family for comment.