African drug policies remain entrenched in a repressive, law enforcement-focused approach. Intensified drug trafficking in the region has raised concerns about the capacity of governments to tackle drug-related issues, as well as weak institutions, corruption and human rights violations. However, some movements for reform are now taking place in West Africa and several East African states.
Just over two decades ago, a new constitution was created in South Africa and praised as one of the most progressive and inclusive in the world; But one area in which the country continues to lag behind, however, is drug policy.
By Shaun ShellyAdvocacy and Psychosocial Coordinator at TB/HIV Care Association