Ashwin Trikamjee, chairperson of the Hindu Maha Sabha, said the ruling was a "step backwards" and that the government should review and amend it.
"As far as the issue is concerned, from a Hindu point of view, prostitution is perfectly acceptable and goes far back in history.The finding of illegality is probably in keeping with the law and it is now up to parliament to legalise prostitution by amending it," he
added that the 6-5 split between the constitutional court judges was a clear indication that government should "seriously reconsider the ruling and legalise prostitution".
Bishop Purity Malinga, of the Durban Methodist church
, had a different view.
"If prostitution is legalised it will lead to moral degeneration in the community and perpetuate the decay.I agree with the Constitutional Court ruling," he