Durban - The Proteas lasted just 18 minutes and 22 balls on day five before losing their last wicket as they fell to a 118-run defeat to Australia in the first Test in Durban.
It gives the visitors a 1-0 series lead with three Test matches to play.
SCOREBOARD: Proteas v Australia, 1st Test
Having displayed some fight on Sunday thanks largely to a majestic 143 from opener Aiden Markram, South Africa resumed at 293/9 on Monday, needing a further 124 runs for victory.
That was never going to happen, and Australia finished off the match easily as Josh Hazelwood removed Quinton de Kock LBW for 83.
Morne Morkel was the not out batsman at the other end on 3*.
The big news of the day, unfortunately, was the overnight CCTV footage that had shown a verbal spat between Australia's David Warner and De Kock.
That incident took place at tea on Monday, and it remains to be seen if any action will be taken against the players.
The series moves to Port Elizabeth for the second Test, which gets underway on Friday, March 9.