[Oliver Tambo]'s allusion to massive slaughter attracted a good deal of attention in view of the South African ban on all independent reporting by of the racial strife in that country. Reporters are prohibited from using all but the official government version of events. The government said Tuesday that 11 blacks died in confrontations during and after the strike. Asked about the reports of slaughter, Tambo told the news conference, "I would have hoped that by now it would have been possible to get the information." But he said that he still has no confirmation of the reports, which he said came from the Federal Progressive Party, the white opposition in the South African Parliament.
The U.N. conference that brought Tambo to Paris is being boycotted by South Africa's three main trading partners-the United States, Britain, and West Germany. Asked if this raised questions about the effectiveness of the conference, Tambo replied that it is possible that the United States, Britain and West Germany "would turn a deaf ear" to the calls for sanctions.