Durban - Six people, including two accountants, appeared in the Durban Magistrate's Court for alleged vat fraud amounting to R30 million.

Aslam Cassim Vorajee, 51, his wife Naseema Vorajee, 49, Arshad Vorajee, 47 his wife Ayesha Abdool Huk Vorajee,47, and accountants Mohamed Shabir Ismail, 50, Shoukath Essop Ally, 61, are also facing charges of theft and money laundering.

They handed themselves over to police at Durban Central on Thursday morning according to a source. 

They were released on bail and in their affidavits said they intended pleading not guilty. 

The six are are alleged to have created fraudulent VAT returns for the companies S&A Commodities CC, VM Apparel CC, Imvusa Trading 173 CC and Labbaik Trading CC between 2012 and 2015. 

Aslam Cassim Vorajee and accountant Mohamed Shabir Ismail were granted R20 000 bail.

The rest were released on R5 000 bail.

The court heard that Ismail has eight similar pending cases against him. 

The matter was adjourned for November for further investigation.