Video report by ITV News Africa Correspondent Penny Marshall
There were jubilant scenes at the airport this afternoon signalled that the national party has begun.
The team is expected to be greeted by thousands of fans in scenes which will become part of history.
The win was a day of immense pride for this young democracy and the country's confidence has taken a much needed boost.
It remains the most unequal country in the world according to the World Bank.
Youth unemployment has topped 50%, violent crime statistics are horrific, and the economy is shrinking.
He has done much to help people believe that it can with his words about winning this for "all of South Africa".
As have the words of the national coach, Rassie Erasmus, who talked about pressure before he left Japan in a way that everyone here can relate to:"We talked about what pressure is," he revealed .
"In South Africa pressure is not having a job. Pressure is one of your close relatives being murdered."
It isn't just the victory that has cheered this nation - but the dignity and generosity shown by the players too.
It has reignited optimism in a country where all too often pessimism dominates the national conversation