"This matter is adjourned to 8th June 2018 which is a provisional date and the two accused before court are released on warning", said Judge Themba Sishi.
Charges were filed against Zuma but then dropped by national prosecutors shortly before he successfully ran for president in 2009.
Last month, chief prosecutor Shaun Abrahams said the case would go ahead and he was confident that "there are reasonable prospects of a successful prosecution".
A woman representing French arms manufacturer Thales was also in the Durban courthouse on Friday, as the company faces corruption charges too.
The company is facing charges in the same case.
Even though Jacob Zuma has resigned as president of South Africa and been charged with corruption, he still has loyal supporters.
When he left court, he sang an apartheid-era song and told a cheering crowd that he was innocent of the charges, which resurfaced after he was forced from office earlier this year.
It ruled that his application was ill-advised and reckless and also found that Zuma was to be held personally liable for the legal costs.
"I don't think we will see Zuma's criminal trial start or reach a conclusion this year", said William Booth, the head of the South African Law Society's criminal division.
"In Zuma's case it seems that it is guilty until proven innocent", said the BLF regional spokesman Thobani Zikalala, who warned that a campaign by opposition parties against Zuma would preclude a fair trial.
One sign of this was defiance of the request by the ANC for none of its members to wear ANC colours if they chose to come and support Mr Zuma.
The Zuma of old is still here - the crowd pleaser, the charmer and tactical politician. But after he became leader of the African National Congress in December 2007, the case against him began to topple.
Zuma's successor Cyril Ramaphosa has vowed to crack down on government corruption, which he has admitted is a serious problem.
"It surprising that the people who want to treat me like I'm guilty are the people I trust". But the main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, challenged the decision to set aside the charges, and in 2016, it was judged "irrational" by the High Court - a ruling that the Supreme Court upheld past year.