"The demolition was indeed also inhumane, heartless and done with scant [regard for] his safety, security and health - particularly in light of the Covid-19 health pandemic.
"It bears mentioning that the challenges to government, municipalities, businesses and individuals alike in the face of the ... pandemic ... are overwhelming.”
Salie-Hlophe said although the city is under pressure to provide housing, in accordance with the constitution, it should act lawfully.
“They need to go about their affairs and utilise the manpower and infrastructure in a constitutional and lawful manner to achieve their goals. Trampling the bill of rights in its efforts to do so is not permitted,” she said.
“It follows that - in the absence of an eviction order and, with that, an order expressly stating that it is just and equitable to do so - demolitions of homes cannot be carried out unlawfully and at present, during alert levels 3 and 4.”
Salie-Hlophe said the city did not follow the law when it demolished Phillips’ home.
“Put bluntly, they acted unlawfully. It is not without significance that there are other structures of a similar nature in the immediate surrounds where [Phillips’ home] was.