Veteran cameraman killed in Soweto accident


Cameraman Dudley Saunders after being injured by then ANCYL leader Julius Malemas supporters protesting outside Luthuli House on 30 August 2011.

JOHANNESBURG - The country’s media fraternity has expressed shock and sadness at the death of veteran cameraman Dudley Saunders.

Saunders, who had worked as a cameraman for Carte Blanche and for the SABC, was killed while on assignment in Soweto. According to SABC news, Saunders was hit by a train while filming.

In 2011, Saunders was injured during a violent protest by supporters of then ANCYL president Julius Malema outside Luthuli House in Johannesburg.

Broadcasters and journalists have taken to social media to pay their respects to Saunders.

Carte Blanche host Derek Watts tweeted that Saunders was “one of the world&39;s best and most intrepid cameramen.”

Journalist Debora Patta tweeted that working with Saunders “was an adventure, a work of art and a helluva lot of fun”.  

Saunders, who was well-known for his fearless work in conflict areas, was reportedly filming for the BBC when the accident occurred.