Having won the William Webb Ellis trophy for a third time by beating England 32-12 in the final, the Springboks were greeted by thousands of screaming supporters.
The first group arrived shortly before 5pm, with the main manne - captain Siya Kolisi and Tuesday's birthday boy Rassie Erasmus - arriving a few hours later.
Among the first to arrive were Cape stars Pieter-Steph du Toit, who won the World Player of the Year, and teammate Cheslin Kolbe, who was one of the guys that challenged him for the award.
Of winning the tournament, Kolbe says: “We believed in ourselves and winning the World Cup just put the cherry on top of the cake.
“Now we’re back in South Africa and we’re here to celebrate this moment with everyone.
“We are humbled and thank you for all the support.”
His wing partner Makazole Mapimpi, who scored the other try in the final, adds: “Thank you so much for the support - it was amazing.
“I don’t have much to say, but I just want to say that I’m proud of all involved in the team.”
Social media was abuzz with those in attendance sharing the moment with those who couldn't be at OR Tambo Airport:
To be quite honest, i really do not care about the negativity that some have brought after the springbok win. No country is perfect and we as SOUTH AFRICANS needed this win to boost our morale!! This is BEAUTIFUL! @Springboks thank you ❤🇿🇦 #FOMO😭😭😭 #SpringboksArrival pic.twitter.com/fAYeUHnyI3— Sesethu Time (@TimeSesethu) November 5, 2019
Congratulations to this incredible team of South Africans. This is indeed not only a victory for the @Springboks but for our beautiful and diverse nation. We win when we work together. Let’s build an economy for all our citizens so we prosper together. pic.twitter.com/e1hYfOZIKO— Mmusi Maimane (@MmusiMaimane) November 6, 2019