Top cameraman hit by train while filming

2013-12-31 09:09
Dudley Saunders photographed with the Carte Blanche team (Devi Sankaree Govender, Twitter)

Dudley Saunders photographed with the Carte Blanche team (Devi Sankaree Govender, Twitter)

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Johannesburg – A well-known television cameraman has died after being hit by a train while filming in Soweto, the SABC reported on Tuesday.

Dudley Saunders was a veteran SABC cameraman and also worked with the SABC's Special Assignment and M-Net's Carte Blanche programmes.

He was filming for the BBC at the time of his death.

According to the SABC, Saunders made headlines in 2011 after he was stoned by supporters of Julius Malema during a protest outside the ANC's Luthuli House headquarters.

Saunders was the son of veteran newsman Cliff Saunders, who was a political correspondent at the SABC until the late 1980s.


Tributes poured in from media personalities following the news of his death.

Carte Blanche presenter Derek Watts described him as an "absolute legend" and "one of the world's best and most intrepid cameramen".

"#dudleysaunders filmed the most volatile situations around world. But treated every shoot as new challenge. Will miss him beyond words," Watts tweeted.

Former colleague Chantal Rutter Dros tweeted she was "deeply saddened" to hear the news.

According to a tweet from Debora Patta, filming with Saunders " was always more than just a story - it was an adventure, a work of art and a helluva lot of fun".

Journalist Mandy Wiener tweeted that Saunders was "a legendary cameraman, a true professional and a helluva guy".

The BBC's Karen Allen tweeted that "SA has lost a top camera pro and a real mensch. Gutted."

- Friends, fans and family of Dudley Saunders are invited to share their memories and tributes, and to light a candle for him, on his profile at

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