The ANC Youth League has pronounced itself "delirious with happiness" over Caster Semenya's second place finish in the women's Olympics 800m final.
Hundreds of people have turned out to welcome home South Africa's athletes who competed in the 2012 London Paralympics.
Natalie du Toit won her third gold medal in the pool in her swansong appearance at the London Paralympic Games on Thursday.
Oscar Pistorius and his roommate, Arnu Fourie, set new world records in the men's 200 metres T43/44 heats at the London Paralympics.
The Paralympics have greeted the first day of athletics but the mood was overshadowed by a mix-up that saw the wrong athlete awarded gold.
Britain's most famous living scientist, Stephen Hawking, will appear at the opening ceremony of London's Paralympic Games on Wednesday.
The Paralympics begin in London today, and while the Games mark Natalie du Toit's swan song, SA's young Paralympians are ready to take up her mantle.
Gallant fighters and heroes were some of the terms used by parliamentarians to describe South Africa's athletes who participated in the London Games.