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Police choir crowned champs

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The annual event included performances by renowned artists and was applauded for its sense of diverse cultures, beliefs and customs.

THE NORTHERN Cape provincial police choir was crowned the 27th Police Music and Cultural (POLMUSCA) Unity Festival champions in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

The festival was held from October 17 to 19 and police members from all provinces, including Head Office, competed in terms of bands, choirs, ballroom dance, exhibitions and even a potjiekos competition.

As a cherry on top, the Northern Cape also clinched the Mthombeni Award for aligning provincial choir activities with the strategic objectives of visible policing.

Northern Cape Premier Zamani Saul and MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison Nontobeko Vilakazi are expected to host a congratulatory function at the Platfontein Lodge today.

The Northern Cape is expected to defend the title next year in Mpumalanga.

The annual event, which is rotated around the different provinces, included performances by renowned artists and was applauded for its sense of diverse cultures, beliefs and customs.

POLMUSCA’s president, Lieutenant-General Vuma, said at the event: “Through music, dance and cultural activities we are able to acknowledge that SAPS members are after all human and have been part of their respective communities before joining the SAPS.”

The Provincial Commissioner of the Northern Cape, Lieutenant-General Risimati Peter Shivuri, has applauded the members of the Northern Cape Police Choir and Band for making the Province proud.

Shivuri further extended his congratulatory message to the Northern Cape POLMUSCA executive committee, under the chairmanship of Lieutenant-Colonel Monwabisi Collen Qunta, for a job well done.

The choir will be representing the Province next week in the Old Mutual National Choir Festival to be held in Bloemfontein.

Vilakazi expressed her delight at the announcement.

“I am overjoyed and so proud for the SAPS choir of the Northern Cape, who, with their beautiful renditions and enchanting energy, captivated the hearts of the crowd and judges alike,” said the MEC.

“We have also been enjoying the passion of our lovely band all over the Province without realising just how fortunate we are to have such talent.

“When we sing, we forget our differences and focus on how each and every voice comes together to create one beautiful sound,” she concluded.’