National police commissioner Jackie Selebi has asked MPs to consider how police should deal with prostitution during the 2010 World Cup.
He asked them to consider whether to continue to arrest both clients and prostitutes, or to provide them with a special dispensation as was done in Germany during last year's soccer event.
He also asked MPs how police should deal with people who drink liquor in public places where people gather to watch games at "fan parks" and in town squares.
Prostitution and public drinking are criminal offences.
"Where would I put those thousands of people?" Selebi asked, considering the high volumes of such offences that were expected to take place during the cup.
"Should we be saying that there should be a special dispensation for the whole of the country?" Selebi asked, to the amusement of many members of parliament.
Emphasising that he was not expressing an opinion, only raising the issue, Selebi said in Germany the situation had been "controlled".
For instance, taxi drivers would know where to take a fan for sex if asked to do so. The driver would take the client and then bring that person back again, "in a controlled way".
African Christian Democratic Party leader Kenneth Meshoe told Sowetan after the meeting that he was totally against the idea, and that crime should be dealt with without exception.
"The police should do their jobs," said Meshoe.
Meanwhile, MPs from the safety and security portfolio committee were told the police's budget for 2010 would be a total of R665,6million over the next three financial years.
More funds would come from the treasury specifically for the deployment of police.