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Collapse of Baltimore's Key Bridge Investigated; Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu indicates that victory over Hamas in Gaza could be achieved within weeks; Myanmar's Military Junta Faces Armed Rebellion; Some Victims of Bridge Collapse Identified; South Africa Struggles with Rampant Crime, Police Corruption. Aired 12-12:45a ET

Aired March 28, 2024 - 00:00   ET



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WES MOORE, MARYLAND GOVERNER: The collapse of the Key Bridge is a global crisis.

VAUSE: Counting the costs of the deadly collapse of Baltimore's Key Bridge as investigations continue into how it was brought down after being rammed by a cargo ship.

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER: Victory is within reach. It's a few weeks away.

VAUSE: But what does victory look like? And what are Israel's plans for a post-Hamas Gaza?

UNKNOWN (through translator): We won't give in to fear.

VAUSE: The military dictators of Myanmar, face the worst of the worst. They're facing a growing armed rebellion, ramp up the torture and persecution.


VAUSE: In Baltimore, Maryland, as investigations continue into the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, what was a recovery mission is now a salvage operation. Two bodies were recovered from the water Wednesday, four others remained missing, presumed dead. Police say no one could have survived that length of time in the frigid waters of the Patapsco River. Bad weather and the mangled wreckage of the bridge have also made conditions too dangerous for divers to continue their search.

But investigations into how this happened continue. Authorities have interviewed the ship's crew, now have the voyage data recorder. The Dali was carrying 56 containers of hazardous material. Some were breached in the collision, while others fell into the harbor. As for the 46-year-old bridge, officials say an inspection last May found no problems.


JENNIFER HOMENDY, U.S. NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD CHAIR: It's pretty devastating, certainly. Seeing not just what's going on with the cargo containers, but just looking at what was a bridge span, three bridge spans, that is pretty much gone. That is, it's just utter devastation.


VAUSE: More now on the crash, the investigation, and the economic impact from CNN's Brian Todd.


MOORE: The collapse of the Key Bridge is not just a Maryland crisis. The collapse of the Key Bridge is a global crisis.

BRIAN TODD, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voiceover): Divers located the bodies of two construction workers in a red pickup truck 25 feet below the surface of Baltimore's Patapsco River, a day after the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapsed, killing six. Authorities say it is currently impossible to locate the remaining four people.

COL. ROLAND L. BUTLER JR., MARYLAND BSTATE POLICE SUPERINTENDENT: We're now moving from a recovery mode to a salvage operation. Because of the superstructure surrounding what we believe are the vehicles, and the amount of concrete and debris, divers are no longer able to safely navigate or operate around that. We have exhausted all search efforts.

TODD (voiceover): Investigators say they're going to examine a play- by-play breakdown of the moments before the fully loaded cargo ship rammed into the bridge. A key piece of evidence, the ship's data recorder.

HOMENDY: We've sent that back to our lab to evaluate and begin to develop a timeline of events that led up to the strike on the bridge.

TODD (voiceover): Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg doesn't expect the investigation will change the designs of bridges or ships moving forward.

PETE BUTTIGIEG, TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY: A bridge like this one, completed in the 1970s, was simply not made to withstand a direct impact on a critical support pier from a vessel that weighs about 200 million pounds.

TODD (voiceover): But Homendy says the investigation will look at what could have kept the bridge from coming down.

HOMENDY: We will look at areas that should have been in place to prevent this type of destruction from occurring.

TODD (voiceover): At this moment

CHRIS VAN HOLLEN, U.S. SENATE DEMOCRAT: The most urgent priority is to open up the port of Baltimore. It is essential to the livelihoods of people here in Baltimore and Maryland, and in fact, the economies of the region, and will impact people around the country and around the world.

TODD (voiceover): And plans are in the works for a new bridge.

PAUL WIEDEFELD, MARYLAND TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY: We will come up with a design for the replacement of that bridge as quickly as possible to get the port back up and the community back up and running.


TODD (voiceover): Buttigieg says cleanup crews are working to clear out the hundreds of millions of tons of wreckage so shipping can resume and the bridge can be rebuilt.

BUTTIGIEG: We know that it can't happen overnight, and so we're going to have to manage the impacts in the meantime.

TODD: Federal officials now say there are 11 ships, in addition to the Dali, that are now stuck inside the Port of Baltimore. They include three bulk carriers, an oil and chemical tanker, and a vehicle carrier. Officials have also said that all crew members of the Dali are still on the container ship and are cooperating with investigators. Brian Todd, CNN, Baltimore.


VAUSE: Joining me now from Alaska, cargo ship captain James Staples. He's also a maritime safety and security consultant. Jim, thank you for being with us.

CAPT. JAMES STAPLES, MARITIME SAFETY & SECURITY CONSULTANT: Thank you for having me. VAUSE: So in the last update we heard from the NTSB, we were told this came from the lead investigator, precise details about the ship's speed, the power outage, and point of impact. Listen to this.


MARCEL MUISE, NTSB INVESTIGATOR IN CHARGE: Around 01:29, the ship's speed over ground was recorded at just under seven knots, or eight miles per hour. From this moment until approximately 01:29 and 33 seconds, the VDR audio recorded sounds consistent with the collision of the bridge. Additionally, around this time, MDTA dash cameras show the bridge lights extinguishing.


VAUSE: He seems to say, in other words, it took, what, 33 seconds from that initial impact before the bridge actually began to collapse. So if you're the captain of that ship at that point, is there anything you can do? And what would you have been able to do leading up to that moment?

STAPLES: Well, you know, once you lost the propulsion, there's probably not much they could do at that speed. The pilot did everything he possibly could do. He let that anchor go. He let that port anchor go, and he was trying to steer the vessel away. But with all that momentum, all that weight, there wasn't a lot that he could do. What would you have done prior to that? Well, that's easy to say with hindsight.

You know, obviously, if they had had probably two tractor tugs on either end and a set of lead aft tractor tug, that probably would have helped them quite a bit, and they could have missed the bridge. So these are something we're going to have to look at. New procedures to be put into place for vessels being guided, like we do with tankers using escort tugs when they're going through a critical point in the harbor. So that's one thing that could be done. But like I said, that's all hindsight.

VAUSE: Yeah. Hindsight's a wonderful thing, absolutely, 2020.


VAUSE: Clear the power outage, and the cause of that is one of the focuses here of the investigation. What will they learn from the VDR about that, the Voyager data recorder?

STAPLES: Well, they're going to get a lot of data from the different systems that are being run. So they're going to get all the radar pictures. They're going to get the telegraph where the engine was at. They're going to get the wheel. They're going to get every piece of electronic equipment that was being inputted into the VDR along with voice.

They're also going to be picking up stuff from the engine room. So that may let them know that they've lost pressure in a certain pump or filters got clogged or some type of problem like that with oil, with the fuel system. So that's what they're going to be looking at. You know, was this a fuel system problem? Was this human error? It still could be human error. We never know. Someone doing something as simple as turning and closing the wrong valve can cause a blackout of the ship. I've had that happen myself. Somebody turning the wrong valve blacked out a ship. Something so simple, but that's what it was. And this happened at a very crucial time.

VAUSE: I want you to listen to the governor of Maryland on the economic impact from the collapse of this bridge. Here he is.


MOORE: The national economy and the world's economy depends on the Port of Baltimore. The port handles more cars and more farm equipment than any other port in the country. Last year alone, the port handled $80 billion of foreign cargo, the largest in the country.


VAUSE: On the U.S. East Coast, there's the Port of New York and New Jersey, Virginia, Savannah and Charleston, just to name a few. Do they have capacity to handle imports which would normally go to the Port of Baltimore? Because it seems what we're looking at here means sort of more of a logistics problem as opposed to a supply chain issue. How do you see this?

STAPLES: Well, especially with the vehicles, I personally talk about that because I've had hundreds of trips in and out of Baltimore running automobiles into there. And what you need for the automobiles is the space to put those vehicles until they can be picked up by transport trucks. So does New York have that kind of space? I don't believe that they do, that they have quite a few ships going in and out dropping off automobiles. So that's going to be a big problem is the space for just vehicles alone, farm equipment and other type of roll-on, roll-off equipment. So, yeah, there's going to be a problem with space. That's usually what it is. It's always the land space. That's the big problem.


VAUSE: Captain Jim Staples, thank you, sir, for being with us. Your insights and your experience are very much appreciated.

STAPLES: Thank you.

VAUSE: With cross-border attacks between Israel and Hezbollah militants in Lebanon escalating, Israel is warning it will 'copy and paste Gaza onto Lebanon.' That blunt warning from the Israeli Prime Minister's office comes on the same day when at least 16 people were killed in Israeli airstrikes on villages in southern Lebanon. The Israeli military says the targets were terrorist cells. Hezbollah says it fired dozens of rockets into northern Israel in response to those Israeli airstrikes. Most of the Hezbollah rockets were intercepted, but Israeli officials say at least one person was killed.

Meantime, Israeli airstrikes on the southern Gaza city of Rafah have killed at least 11 people, according to Palestinian health officials. Among the dead, an 11 year old child. Hospital officials say he was sheltering in a home with a number of families. WAFA, the Palestinian news agency, reports residential buildings in other parts of Rafah were also hit. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the military offensive on Rafah must go ahead, saying Israel's very existence is at stake. During a meeting with a bipartisan delegation from the U.S. Congress, Netanyahu also said victory in Gaza is now just a few weeks away.


NETANYAHU: We've killed the many senior leaders, including number four and Hamas number three, and Hamaz, we'll get number two and number one. That's victory. Victory is within reach. It's a few weeks away.


VAUSE: Joining me now from Jerusalem, Yaakov Katz, senior columnist at The Jerusalem Post and senior fellow with the Jewish People Policy Institute. Yako, thank you for being with us.


VAUSE: So, if the Israeli Prime Minister is to be taken at his word, the war is within weeks of coming to an end. What does victory for Israel look like? And then what?

KATZ: Well, I think that what the Prime Minister is referring to is that if Israel does go and launch that ground offensive into Rafah, which has really been at the heart of the controversy. And the arguments that have been going on between Washington and Jerusalem, of exactly how to prosecute that offensive, which is really the last, I would say, kind of the Alamo, almost for Hamas. It's where four Hamas battalions are still in their full entirety and strength, held up in Rafah. It's where Hamas still has a series of tunnels along the border between Gaza and Egypt, which is its oxygen pipeline.

It's where it can use those tunnels to smuggle in some of those more sophisticated Iranian weapons that we've seen them use during the last almost six months of this war. And the idea is that if Israel can go in there and break the back of those battalions, take out those key tunnels, it won't have won the war in the sense that Hamas is eliminated, but it will have won the war in the sense of transitioning and moving Hamas from being this terrorist army to maybe lower-level, counter-terror, insurgency-style operations that then Israel will have to carry out over a period of time, but at a much lower level of intensity.

VAUSE: Sort of a downgraded version of victory. Netanyahu made clear why that offensive on Rafah was so important. Here he is.


NETANYAHU: Now we are told, you can't do this. If you go into Rafah, you're going to have a humanitarian catastrophe. You're going to have, I don't know, 30,000 dead, 40,000 civilian dead. Okay. That's not true. That is simply not true. There's all of the Gaza Strip north of Rafah. You know, people down, they can move back up.


VAUSE: Anyone who makes that journey, heading north is essentially risking their lives. And Netanyahu knows that. He also knows 30,000 people, mostly civilians, are already dead. And when most of Gaza's population crammed into Rafah, no one knows how many will die. And yet maybe it could be 30,000, but how many could it be? What's an acceptable number here? Is it 5,000? Is it 10,000? This is a question for Benjamin Netanyahu. How many people is he prepared to die in this military offensive?

KATZ: John, I mean, you know, like I do, war is cruel and sadly, and it's terrible. And everybody wants to avoid it. And the Hamas attacks against Israel is what pushed and compelled Israel to have to go into Gaza to defend itself. Now, with that said, it's not a question of what's the right number and what number is tolerable or acceptable. It's a question of what does Israel need to do to ensure for its own security, the Hamas does not again rise up, for the security and stability of the entire Middle East, that Hamas does not survive and continue to rule the Gaza Strip.


And just like Israel was able, in the beginning of this ,to move the Palestinians who were in the northern part of the Gaza down to the southern part of the Gaza, Israel, before entering in a large way into Rafah, will have to give ample time for the Palestinians, the displaced ones who are there, to move out of there. And by the way, we've seen in this war unprecedented measures that Israel has taken, whether it's dropping millions of flyers, whether it's making specific tens of thousands of specific phone calls to people, to move out of harm's way, Israel has done that in a very effective fashion. So, when we think about how to move people, I'm confident that that's what Israel will do once again before moving into Rafah, to give those displaced people the opportunity to move out of harm's way, so to be able to carry out this operation in the most precise and accurate way possible.

VAUSE: Yeah, look, the enemy always has a vote in what happens, to quote Colin Powell. But I want to move on to this U.N. report, which has found that Israel's actions in Gaza have reached the level indicating genocide. It adds this, by distorting international humanitarian law, customary rules, including distinction, proportionality and precautions, Israel has de facto treated an entire protected group and its life-sustaining infrastructure as terrorist or terrorist-supporting, thus transforming everything and everyone into either a target or collateral damage, hence killable or destroyable. In this way, no Palestinian in Gaza is safe by definition. And here's the U.N.'s Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian territories. Listen to this.


FRANCESCA ALBANESE, U.N. SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES: The only reasonable inference that can be drawn from the unveiling of this policy is an Israeli state policy of genocide and violence towards Palestinian people in Gaza.


VAUSE: No one is denying the must-start of this latest escalation. No one is denying they committed the largest massacre of Jews since World War II. But this report is damning, accusing Israel of genocide at an executive level. So Israel is now in the company of countries like Myanmar, Sudan, Bosnia and groups like ISIS.

KATZ: Look, this report by Albanese, the special rapporteur, I completely reject it and dismiss it. I think it is blatantly filled with anti-Semitism. And it also, John, does not add up with the facts. The facts is, and they're questionable, even these facts. If the Palestinian health ministry, the so-called Palestinian health ministry, which we actually know is Hamas, and we know that no one in the world would ever take the Al-Qaeda health ministry or the ISIS health ministry at face value and accept their numbers. But for some reason, Hamas numbers, a terrorist organization that rapes and decapitates women and kidnaps children, they're willing to accept those. But even if we accept those numbers of 30,000, we should accept the numbers that Israel claims of 13,000 of those people killed being terrorists.

And then you have a civilian combatant ratio, which is less than 2 to1. In other words, less than two civilians for every combatant killed. And while every loss of civilian life is a tragedy, what Israel has been doing in Gaza and prosecuting this war is, I would venture to say, possibly the most precision and accurate war that has ever been fought in modern military history. The UN itself talks about how in war, in urban settings, the ratio is usually 9 to 1. So I don't expect the world to stand up and applaud what the IDF, the Israel Defense Forces, have been doing. But this accusation of genocide is completely baseless, false. And unfortunately, what the UN is doing by making these accusations is giving Hamas a pat on the back, a feeling that they can just continue to lie and continue to fight and spread terror and that they will ultimately win.

VAUSE: The problem with the figure of 17,000 versus 13,000 combatants, the U.S. Defense Secretary, Lloyd Austin says it's 25,000 civilians, men, women, and children, civilians who have been killed by Israel. So that kind of blows your ratio out of the water in some ways, doesn't it?

KATZ: I think that none of us really know what the accurate numbers are. And my argument is one that's simple, John. If we all over the world and all over the media are willing to parrot and say what Hamas claims to be a number, a violent, murderous, barbaric terrorist organization, should we not give Israel a free democracy, a rule of law, a place where media and journalists like myself can openly criticize our prime minister and our leadership, something that you can't do anywhere else in the Palestinian territories? Should we not give our media, our government, and our claims a little bit of credit? And I think that if we do that, then the numbers are a little different than these claims of genocide, that are being spread viciously around the world by people like that rapporteur at the U.N. VAUSE: Yeah, the number of the 25,000 came from the U.S. defense secretary, just repeating what he said. But, Yakov, I appreciate your perspective, and thank you very much. Appreciate being with us.

KATZ: Thank you, John.

VAUSE: Take care. Still to come, CNN uncovers evidence of atrocities in the ongoing civil war in Myanmar. A horrific video shows the fate of rebel fighters captured by allies of the country's military dictator.



VAUSE: In recent months, the military dictators who seized control of Myanmar three years ago have faced a growing armed rebellion, with a coalition of opposition groups called the People's Defense Forces landing some significant blows on state security services in isolated skirmishes, especially around the northern border area. CNN has uncovered evidence, though, including video, which shows the brutal response of the military losses by the government. For now CNN's Anna Coren joins us live from Hong Kong. Anna.

ANNA COREN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yeah, John. This was a months-long investigation, led by CNN's Angus Watson and Helen Regan, which has uncovered the level of depravity and heinous crimes the Myanmar military Junta and its allies are committing on the battlefield as they struggle to hold ground against a coordinated and well-organized opposition. As rebel forces from different groups are now effectively working together.

It comes as the Junta celebrated Armed Forces Day with a military parade last night. And look, aside from the large Russian contingent that was present, and there have been closer ties between the Russians and the military junta since the junta staged a coup in 2021, what really stood out was the scant show of force. There was a real lack of military hardware on display. There were no tanks or multiple rockets compared to previous years, which really speaks to the enormous pressure that the Junta is facing. Now, what our team uncovered is gruesome and a warning. What you're about to see is very disturbing, but we believe it's so important for the world to see what is really happening inside Myanmar.


COREN (voiceover): Walking through the flat, dry scrublands of the Yore Valley in central Myanmar, a soldier films on his phone. Hey, brother. Raise your three fingers he jokes, mocking the salute symbolic of the country's resistance movement. No more three fingers, yells one of them and laughs. He moves on to another group of pro- Junta militia resting in the shade. Revolution, he cries. It's bullshit, they respond.

Moments later, the man filming asks a soldier wearing a military Junta uniform, are they PDF? A reference to the opposition people's defence forces. Yes, he replies. This brief exchange caught on camera is about two rebel fighters they had just captured a few hours earlier. Before dawn on the 7th of November last year, rebels part of the PDF staged an attack on the pro-Junta militia stronghold in the village of Myauk Khin Yan, Gangor in Magwe Division.


But instead, the rebels were ambushed coming under heavy fire. Platoon Commander Ninja (ph) says as they tried to retreat in open fields, several of his fighters were injured, while others were cut off from the group, including 21-year-old Po Tay (ph) and 20-year-old Ta Tung (ph).

UNKNOWN (through translator): The last time I saw them, they were hunkering down about 50 meters away from me.

COREN (voiceover): A few hours later, Ninja's platoon received a message from a villager saying two of their rebel fighters had been caught alive. Video obtained by CNN shows the two young men bound and bloodied, relentlessly taunted by the militia. The revolution must lose, PDFs are dogs replies Po Tay. How many dogs have we killed? Aren't you PDF dogs? We're dogs, repeats Ta Tung. The video then shows them being dragged on the ground, their arms and legs hogtied in chains. The next clip, too graphic to show in full, reveals the young men hanging in chains from the branch of a large tree over a fire, being burnt alive. Their screams heard over cheers from the militia, as the prisoners writhed in agony as flames seared their flesh. An eyewitness to the execution told us the militia had ordered one person from each house to watch.

ZAW ZAW, WITNESS (through translator): When I got there, they hanged them on the tree and poured gasoline and diesel on their bodies. The rebels were moving and screaming and said they apologized. But the militia replied, Apologize in your next life.

COREN (voiceover):Cross-referencing more than a dozen interviews with witnesses, villagers, resistance fighters, family members and experts, with analysis of the video and pictures from the day using open source techniques, CNN has found evidence that the military and its allied militia were responsible for the killings. The Junta denies the claim, stating the video was fabricated. However, they do admit an attack. took place that day and that its troops were stationed in the village. CNN spoke to both fathers who confirmed their sons had been killed. They said they encouraged their boys to join the revolution and fight, but to die like this will haunt them forever.

UNKNOWN (through translator): I got a chance to watch the video, but I could not finish it. I stopped because I knew it was going to break my heart.

COREN (voiceover): The brutality of this execution, however, is not a one-off case. Since the military Junta staged a coup in 2021, the level of depravity among its soldiers and aligned militia has increased in response to the mass losses and defections it's suffering on the battlefield. The Junta's recent announcement of compulsory conscription, a clear sign it's facing enormous pressure. As fighting engulfs two-thirds of the country, experts believe the military is using fear and intimidation to try and control a defiant population.

MATT LAWRENCE, PROJECT DIRECTOR, MYANMAR WITNESS: We've been able to verify over 400 burnt bodies since the coup, and we've verified over a dozen instances of individual beheadings. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

COREN (voiceover): But the burnings, beheadings and indiscriminate artillery resistance are doing anything but stamping out the resistance. Rebel fighter Yolei, who fought alongside Po Tay and Ta Tung that fateful morning, says what happened to his friends has only strengthened their resolve.

UNKNOWN (through translator): We won't give in to fear. We will continue this revolution until we win. Only then will it be worth it for those who sacrificed their lives.


COREN: As I say, John, gruesome scenes, but scenes that the world needs to see. It's very hard to get information outside of Myanmar. So to get access and to speak to all those witnesses and the fathers is just extraordinary. In response to the Junta's compulsory conscription law, there have been recriminations. We understand 17 conscription officials have been assassinated by rebel groups in the past few weeks. And John, we understand that the National Unity Government, which is the government in exile, has said that officials behind the conscription drive are legitimate military targets, John.


VAUSE: For the love of God. Anna, thank you.

We will pause. We'll be back in a moment.


VAUSE: Federal authorities now have about six hours of voyage data from the Dali, the cargo ship which crashed into the Francis Scott Key Bridge early Tuesday.

They say the investigation into what happened could take up to two years. Officials have yet to provide a timeline for replacing the bridge and reopening the port.

Meantime, recovery efforts have been hampered by bad weather and dangerous conditions underwater.

Four construction workers remain missing, presumed dead, the bodies of two others recovered on Wednesday.

The grief from the bridge collapse goes beyond borders. The six people who died in this disaster were immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. They're now being remembered as hard-working husbands, fathers, sons, brothers. CNN's Danny Freeman has more.


DANNY FREEMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Early Tuesday morning, a group of workers were on the overnight shift filling potholes, doing routine surface work on Baltimore's Francis Scott Key bridge, when the unthinkable happened.

CARLOS SUAZO SANDOVAL, BROTHER OF BRIDGE COLLAPSE VICTIM (through translator): For us and the family in Honduras, we still have hope. I know time is our worst enemy.

FREEMAN (voice-over): Among those presumed dead, 38-year-old Maynor Yassir Suazo Sandoval, a Honduran national, one of eight siblings, a husband and a father of two.

Maynor is brother, Carlos Suazo Sandoval, is desperately waiting for any updates from officials.

SUAZO SANDOVAL (through translator): He was the breadwinner for his children right now. God is going to provide for us, too, so we can get together as a family and see how we can help each other. Because at this moment, his wife is left with his girls and everything.

FREEMAN (voice-over): Miguel Luna was a father of three, an immigrant from El Salvador, also presumed dead.

Nonprofit CASA announced Luna was a member of their group, which provides services to working-class families from marginalized communities, including immigrants.

CASA said Luna lived in Maryland for over 19 years.

Twenty-six-year-old Dorlian Castillo Cabrera was an immigrant from Guatemala. His sister-in-law told CNN he loved his job as a construction worker. His cousin added that Dorlian came to the United States to follow his dream and help his mother.

The Guatemalan government confirmed another immigrant from that country was among missing but did not provide details.

GOV. WES MOORE (D-MD): I'm thankful.

FREEMAN (voice-over): Maryland's governor said he prayed with the families of victims yesterday.

MOORE: We're hoping for right now that, in this moment, that we can just bring them a sense of -- a sense of closure after this -- after this horrific incident.

ANDRES MANUEL LOPEZ OBRADOR, MEXICAN PRESIDENT (through translator): We are very sorry for the situation of what happened, in general.

FREEMAN (voice-over): Mexico's president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, said three Mexican nationals were also on that bridge when it collapsed. Two died and one survived.


OBRADOR (through translator): This shows that migrants go to work in the middle of night. Very risky jobs. And that is why they do not deserve to be treated as usually happens by some irresponsible politicians.

FREEMAN (voice-over): Seven of the eight people on the bridge that night worked for local construction company Brawner Builders. In an interview with CNN, its executive vice president, Jeffrey Pritzker, said, quote, "These were wonderful young men. They were doing a tough job. These guys were hardworking, wonderful people. And now they're gone."

FREEMAN: And of course the other man that was identified on Wednesday was Alejandro Hernandez Fuentes. He's 35 years old, and he was discovered sitting next to Dorlian in that car that was submerged.

And I just want to say, we've really seen this whole community in and around Baltimore really rally around these families. Multiple GoFundMes have been set up. We've heard a number of promises from a number of politicians.

And the EVP of that construction company that we spoke with said they're going to make sure the families are well taken care of.

Danny Freeman, CNN, just outside Baltimore.


VAUSE: Still to come, inside South Africa's war on crime.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Direction Northeast Gray (ph). Direction Northeast Gray (ph).


VAUSE: With violence and police corruption at an all-time high, private security jobs, force -- and forces are now doing what the police should be doing, but how long can they continue to do this?


ANTON, PRIVATE SECURITY GUARD: Our crime is really not in control. We're having a hard time fighting -- fighting crime.



VAUSE: For most of its 30 post-apartheid years, South Africa has struggled with a crime wave it's been unable to control. Violent brazen attacks and robberies, which should be dealt with by the police, are instead turned over to private security patrols, because police corruption is rampant.

CNN's Dave McKenzie has more now on the private security guards risking their lives in what seems to be a wave of lawlessness, gripping the country.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Nima Charlie (ph) six three.

ANTON: This was a vehicle that was triggered by the license plate recognition system. We need to be on top of the vehicle as soon as we -- or as fast as we possibly can.

DAVID MCKENZIE, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: So Anton is chasing a hijacked vehicle. This happens all the time in South Africa. They're in touch with private security groups throughout this Eastern part of Johannesburg. And one thing you don't hear anything about is the police.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It might be here, direction North Weed Square (ph). Direction North Weed Square (ph).

MCKENZIE (voice-over): Police can't cope. And defunded and struggling with corruption.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They're shooting, they're shooting. I see it!

MCKENZIE (voice-over): Dashcam footage shows the criminal gangs private security are often up against. In South Africa, more than 20,000 vehicles were hijacked last year.

Murders are at a 20-year high.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (UNINTELLIGIBLE) My car (ph). Get down! Get down!

MCKENZIE (voice-over): Cash-in-transit heists are now commonplace, armed vehicles targeted in broad daylight by heavily armed gangs. This heist on a major Joburg highway in October.

MCKENZIE: Was it difficult to get a gun?

"GLEN," FORMER CASH-IN-TRANSIT CRIMINAL: No, it's not difficult.

MCKENZIE (voice-over): We met a cash-in-transit criminal who claims he's gotten out of the game. We agreed to hide his identity, so he would talk freely.

"GLEN": People who are angry with the level of crime, they will never sleep with their stomach empty. Those are the people who are crying with crime.

MCKENZIE (voice-over): He says around a dozen gang members target the vehicles, often with insider intelligence. They have spotters, drivers, and shooters splitting the cash evenly.

MCKENZIE: Did you ever kill anyone? "GLEN": Yes. I know it's bad. I feel bad about it. Some of them, you

go and you want to rob and they do not surrender. They want to become heroes.

MCKENZIE (voice-over): But father of four, T.T. Ingenua (ph) says he never wanted to be a hero. He just wanted to put food on the table.

T.T. INGENUA (PH), FOUGHT BACK AGAINST CRIMINALS: Because I needed the money. You must check out that your own to be killed, because you will never work for your children.

MCKENZIE (voice-over): He always knew they would be hit. And in May 2021, they were. The dashcam video shows the gang working quickly, efficiently even. They made Ingenua (ph) and the other guards lie in the grass. When they blew off the roof, it crushed his legs.

INGENUA (ph): The big thing to me, I'm no longer able to stand.


INGENUA (ph): I'm no longer working as the way I was before I -- I joined that job. And now all is free (ph) pay. I'm short with some pills. You see and I'm a father.

ANTON: Seems like the value of life has -- actually means nothing to a lot of people anymore. I think at the moment, our crime is out of control. Our crime is really not in control. We're having a hard time quieting fighting -- fighting crime.

MCKENZIE (voice-over): South Africa is losing the war against crime. The promise of its democracy hijacked by corruption, desperation, and greed.

David McKenzie, CNN, Johannesburg.



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