A peculiar delusion exists among the old PW Botha Fan Club that until very recently occupied even 10 Downing Street, that the British Left has some especial attachment to the present government of South Africa.
Anyone who thinks that has obviously not been reading the Morning Star, or watching the television programmes of George Galloway.
Nor have they been attending the Durham Miners' Gala, which the late Davey Hopper used to great effect to spread awareness of the massacre at Marikana.
Not least in terms of its powerful parallels with Orgreave, parallels that I have heard movingly articulated by the survivors of both events.
The David Camerons of the world will wait in vain for any sort of apology for the Liberation Struggle. Even Norman Tebbit has long said that none was due. But it was a long time ago.
And even on the BBC, its surviving veterans have been speaking today as those of us who have been paying attention have known them to have been speaking for quite some time.
That a defeat such as the ANC has just been dealt can happen is a sign of South Africa's democratic maturity.
But that that defeat has been dealt, that the voters have been moved to deal it, is a situation entirely of the ANC's own making.