From early in the game, the Springboks suffocated the Red Roses out of the game to deny England and the Northern Hemisphere a second title in the nine editions of the tournament.
The Springboks won the Rugby World Cup for a record-tying third time and scored their first try in three finals in the process.
Optimism had been high after England thrashed rugby giants, New Zealand to reach the finals against South Africa.
With the score at 23-12 to South Africa following the try, England began to open up the play, chasing a try of their own, South Africa dealt one final knockout blow as winger Kolbe crossed the whitewash in the 74th minute.
"We've come here to be the world's best and we haven't done that yet, so that's where we need to go".
"I'm not sure why we came up short today, sometimes you never know", said the England head coach.
South Africa's Faf de Klerk starts the celebrations just before his team receives the Webb Ellis Cup.
And Kolisi has now broken new ground in the trouble-torn country by becoming the first black captain to win the World Cup for South Africa.
"We appreciate all the support, we love you South Africa and we can achieve anything if we work together as one".
"We face a lot of challenges but the people of South Africa have got behind us and we are so grateful for the people of South Africa".
England's head coach Eddie Jones said the problem for the side was the team was unable to get on top as they were sucked into the South African game.
Nothing screams success quite like chugging back beer from the World Cup in your undies.
"In South Africa [pressure] is not having a job, having a close relative who is murdered", added Erasmus.
"The only thing we're anxious about now is having a few beers, then probably a few beers tomorrow and then probably a few more on Monday", he said.
"We got in trouble in the scrum - we struggled particularly in the first-half". It's one of those things that happens in high-level rugby. But in four years, when I'm 15, we will be in France watching them play again.
"We finished second - a silver medal is not as good as a gold medal, but I am proud of my players and proud of the way they have conducted themselves in Japan".
"We were tense all week and it was a awful build-up for that pool game". They have built a World Cup-winning side in the space of 18 months and brought pride back to the jersey.