In the intervening decades, and after the end of apartheid, the relationship has seen some rough patches.
"The incident does not represent what we stand for," he said, adding that South African police would "leave no stone unturned" in bringing those involved to justice.
Police have been clashing with looters in South Africa's township of Alexandra in Johannesburg, a day after violence hit other parts of the city.
British manager has taken Bafana Bafana to the last eight of the Africa Cup of Nations despite chaotic preparation and underfunding
The pivotal issue for Election 2019 was whether the outcome would give Ramaphosa more political space within the ANC to drive his reform programme forward.
It would be surprising if race played no part in South African elections.
An important consequence of a highly unequal distribution of wealth in society is the undermining of social, political and economic norms.
South Africans can still not celebrate freedom from want. They are painfully aware that one cannot eat democracy.