[C]ity officials, such as City of Johannesburg spokesman Virgil James, say they want "to convey an honest image of SA".
"Begging is not something we think tourists would enjoy, obviously not, but it is a difficult problem to solve and a difficult one to police at any time, not just during a large sports event," James says.
There are no bylaws against begging or loitering.
"It's too difficult for the city to develop some kind of regulation against something that isn't illegal, even if the act of begging can lead to criminal activities," James says.
South Africa: Tackling Begging During the World Cup
May 31, 2010