On Friday morning, legal expert Pierre de Vos expressed the view on Twitter that such an application had no chance of success.
Supporters held a night vigil the day before the court case to show their solidarity. Zuma's backers have long argued that, while other ANC officials implicated in the arms deal were never charged, Zuma was singled out for political reasons. The auditor-general soon raises a red flag over the deal as "high-risk".
- September 1999: An opposition lawmaker Patricia de Lille alerts parliament that the arms deal could be graft-ridden and calls for an inquiry.
Ousted deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas revealed that the Guptas had offered him a promotion shortly before Zuma sacked respected finance minister Nhlanhla Nene in December 2015.
Thuman Mkhize, 43 and unemployed, from Durban said Zuma "was the ideal leader" because he "opened free education and land".
The evidence against Mr. Zuma is based on hundreds of payments that he received from a businessman and friend, Schabir Shaik, who was convicted of bribery in 2005 for seeking Mr. Zuma's influence in the weapons contracts. He was released after two years on medical parole.
The former president acknowledged them with a smile and greeted, as journalists swarmed around him and took photographs.
He later emerged from the courthouse in the coastal city of Durban to address a large crowd of supporters, many sporting regalia of the ruling African National Congress party.
However, the former president appearing in a dock on corruption charges is "hugely symbolic" for South Africa's young democracy as many will reportedly see it as an era of impunity coming to an end.
- April 2016: The inquiry clears all government officials of corruption over the arms deal.
Current NPA head, Shaun Abrahams, announced last month that charges against Zuma would be reinstated. Prosecutors re-filed the charges after Jacob Zuma was forced from power by his own party in February.
But numerous Zuma loyalists openly defied the order, waving ANC flags and wearing ANC shirts as they rallied enthusiastically for the former president who was forced to resign in February.
Zuma could face several years in prison.
"This matter is adjourned until June 8", judge Themba Sishi said after being addressed by lawyers from both sides who confirmed that Zuma would appeal against the decision to prosecute him.