In developed countries like UK, vehicle drivers learned to respect pedestrians and cyclists, failing which they are heavily penalized by the law and its enforcers, the police. But in the jungle, wild animals are respected by motorists, probably acknowledging their original habitat had been encroached by humans. They are well protected by law.
The following video clip, of an incident involving a jay walker and a driver of a big MPV. The way he knocked the pedestrian on purpose and later kicked him unconscious was most shocking for a fellow human. It sure reflects badly on the general attitude of drivers in Johannesburg.