Soweto (South Africa) (AFP) - Singing old struggle songs and marching to the slogans that catapulted Soweto to the frontline of South Africa's liberation fight, mourners on Friday paid a lively tribute to their beloved leader Nelson Mandela outside his former home. "Wherever he is, I can assure you he is listening and is smiling," said Kabelo Noe, 39, who joined some 200 people dancing in front of Mandela's old house, now a museum and a popular tourist attraction. "There will never be another man like Mandela in South Africa," he said, stamping his feet in a move known as toyi-toyi, a protest dance harking back to the marches against apartheid. After learning of Mandela's death at the age of 95 late on Thursday, locals in Soweto, the bedrock of black resistance against white minority rule, rushed to the residence on the outskirts of Johannesburg to celebrate the revered statesman's life.
The Legion of Christ, an influential Catholic congregation already at the centre of an abuse scandal involving its founder, on Friday said one of its priests had sexually abused a novice in the United States. "William Izquierdo, former instructor of novices at the Legion's novitiate in Cheshire, Connecticut from 1982 to 1994 sexually abused a novice under his care," the community said in a statement on its website. Luis Garza, North American territorial director of the Legion of Christ, expressed "deep sorrow" and called for any more victims of Izquierdo to come forward, saying the group was committed to fighting abuse. The statement said an internal Canon Law investigation into 35 priests from the congregation accused of abuse had resulted in nine of them being found guilty, including the community's late founder Marcial Maciel.
By Carrick Mollenkamp MACON, Georgia (Reuters) - Sanders Walker had been working for 13 years at a BWAY Corp factory in Macon, Georgia, when the word came down one September 2011 morning: The company, a maker of plastic and metal containers, was closing the plant. The private-equity firm that owned BWAY when Walker lost his job enjoyed a more satisfying relationship with the company. High-risk debt issued by BWAY helped Chicago-based Madison Dearborn Partners LLC acquire the manufacturer in June 2010 for $915 million. In that partially debt-financed buyout, Madison Dearborn put up just $294 million of its own cash.