Power utility Eskom on Wednesday called on consumers to switch off geysers, pool pumps and all non-e.
Sandile Patrick Zweni said he should be granted bail because he needed to look after his children. Magistrate Anita Govender rejected his application.
Zweni and his co-accused - Nonduzo Dlamini, Bhabha Dubazini, Dr Genchen Ragnath and his wife Ravina - face charges of dealing in cocaine, human trafficking, running a brothel and living off the earnings of prostitution.
The case was remanded to May 24.