The circumstances surrounding Dudley Saunders death are under investigation.(REUTERS)
Minister of Arts and Culture Paul Mashatile has paid tribute to acclaimed cameraman Dudley Saunders who passed away on Monday.
Saunders was hit by a train while filming a documentary in Soweto. He previously worked on a number of projects with the SABC's Special Assignment, the BBC and M-Net's Carte Blanche.
In 2011, he made headlines after he was stoned by Julius Malema's supporters who were protesting outside Luthuli House. He was also a hardcore veteran of civil wars and was there to document the pre-1994 elections unrest.
The Minister has praised Saunders for being courageous and for his extraordinary work.
“The Minister of Arts and Culture Paul Mashatile has learned with great shock the news of the passing of Dudley Saunders, a renowned television news cameraman,” says Mashatile's spokesperson Mogomosti Mogodiri.
Mogodiri says Saunders played a critical role in contributing towards building our creative industry in South Africa and also putting our creative work on the global map.
“The Minister is aware that this is a difficult time for the Dudley Saunders family and he wishes to express his and the department of Arts and Cultures deepest condolences,” he adds.
Saunders is the son of veteran news man Cliff Saunders who worked at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) as a political correspondent until he retired in the late 80's.