England needed just 100 minutes of the final day to take six wickets for 38 runs and send the Castle Lager Proteas plummeting to a 241-run defeat in the first Sunfoil Test match at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Wednesday.
There was very little resistance after AB de Villiers fell leg before wicket to Moeen Ali to a delivery that turned and kept low off the third ball of the day and the same bowler accounted for Temba Bavuma a further six deliveries later.
It left JP Duminy to rally what support he could around him and he finished unbeaten on 26 (59 balls, 5 fours).
The bowling honours were shared by Steve Finn (4/42) and Moeen Ali (3/47).
Moeen Ali was named Sunfoil Man of the Match for his 7 wickets.