South Africa has told world governments that the global war on drugs has failed and that it is considering plans to decriminalise personal drug use, while focusing its police resources on dealers and illicit syndicates. The Mail & Guardian reports that speaking on the sidelines of last week’s United Nations general assembly at the Global Commission on Drug Policy, Deputy Social Development Minister Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu acknowledged South Africa’s criminal justice system did not have the capacity to deal with the number of people arrested for having “small drug quantities for personal use, [which has] overburdened the system and has made access to services a real challenge.” Instead, she said, the country needs to begin to focus on the social welfare services, so they can focus on putting the drug user at the centre and ensuring they have access to the critical medicines that they need.