South Africa have retained the Basil D'Oliveira Trophy after dismissing England for 169 on day four of the final Test at The Wanderers.
Andrew Strauss' men lost all seven of their remaining second-innings wickets in the morning session as the hosts wrapped-up a series-levelling innings-and-74-run victory in some style.
Morne Morkel (4-59) was the chief destroyer, the tall fast bowler adding to his wicket of Alastair Cook on day three by dismissing Ian Bell, Matt Prior and Stuart Broad in a devastating two-over burst.
Paul Collingwood was the only England batsman to offer some resistance, however his spirited 71 failed to stop the tourists slumping to an embarrassing defeat in Johannesburg.
Resuming the penultimate day on 48-3, still 195 runs behind South Africa's first-innings total of 423-7 declared, England required a minor miracle if they were to preserve their 1-0 series lead.
Their main hopes of survival were once again pinned on Collingwood, as he and Kevin Pietersen returned to the middle after surviving the previous day.
South Africa-born Pietersen, though, has found life extremely difficult since making 81 in the first Test at Centurion - his only notable contribution during the series - and did not score a run until the fifth full over of the day.
His almighty struggle was brought to an end nine overs into the penultimate day when he chased a wide delivery from Wayne Parnell and edged through to Mark Boucher.
Collingwood batted on with confidence, however he was running out of partners when Bell, Prior and Broad all perished to Morkel in the space of 12 balls.
Bell failed to keep a rising delivery down and could only steer the ball to Jacques Kallis at second slip for just five.
Then Prior made a second-ball duck, mis-hooking a lobbed catch to Graeme Smith, who ran back and caught well behind the wicketkeeper.
And Broad completed the carnage when he gloved a leg-side delivery through to Boucher - the decision originally given not out before correctly being overturned by much-maligned third umpire Daryl Harper.
Collingwood brought up his third half-century of the series with a classy drive through the covers, and continued to launch his own one-man revival with a string of attacking strokes.
Graeme Swann also entertained the crowd with a cameo 20 off 17 balls, but Smith immediately brought back Morkel to stop the fun.
At 134-8, Collingwood found himself batting with Ryan Sidebottom with defeat looming large.
The England all-rounder perished to JP Duminy for a battling 71, and the part-time off-spinner went on to clean bowl Sidebottom with the penultimate ball of the morning session to complete an emphatic win.