Dakale told the court that he, as an instructing attorney, had been advised by Howse, who was not present, to advise the court about the situation.
He said that on Friday, he was advised that attorney Roy Singh would be representing the accused "as instructed by the family".
Judge Jerome Mnguni did not take kindly to the sudden turn of events as the trial had been set down for yesterday.
He asked if Dakale had consulted the accused about the withdrawal of services.
But when the accused were told about Dakale's withdrawal of his services, they disagreed and suggested he continued representing them. Mnguni was forced to stand the matter down until tomorrow for the parties to resolve the problem.
"You see, I will make things easier for you. I will stand the matter down so that you can sort out this thing. So, you must come back on Wednesday so that we can resolve this thing," he said.
There was a heavy police presence in and outside the court because of the serious charges, which include murder, attempted murder, unlawful possession of ammunition and firearms, and racketeering.
Accused No 1 Mdweshu was employed as a detective constable in the Durban Central detective branch before his arrest.