THE KwaZulu-Natal 2016 Police Music and Cultural Association (POLMUSCA) elimination competition was held at the UGU Sport and Leisure Centre in Gamalakhe recently. Choristers from five clusters within the province - uMzimkhulu (UGU), eThekwini (Durban), Midlands, uLundi and uThukela - pitted their talents against each other.The other categories forming part of the competition were ballroom dancing, potjiekos, cultural exhibitions and traditional dancing. The performances were of a very high standard and the judges had a difficult time choosing the winners. Pinetown SAPS communication officer Warrant Officer B.J. Manqele said eThekwini Inner and Outer West Cluster obtained first position on exhibition and third position in the potjiekos categories during the eliminations.“The POLMUSCA is playing a very important role in marketing the police image and public relations,” he said. KwaZulu-Natal SAPS spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane said POLMUSCA was established by the SAPS in 1993 to promote, develop and manage music, arts and cultural activities within the service, support crime prevention initiatives through community outreach programmes, promotion of unity and cross-cultural communication within the service and in communities, contribute to the social well-being of members and to promote and improve relations between the SAPS and the community. “The event commenced with prayer and the introductory and welcome speech was delivered by the Ugu Cluster Commander Major-General Agnes Nxamagele. The programme directors, Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese of the Mgungundlovu South Cluster and Sergeant Happiness Mkhwanazi of the Margate SAPS did a sterling job introducing the participants and presenting the items for adjudication.” Deputy provincial commissioner, Major General Phindile Radebe represented the acting KwaZulu-Natal provincial commissioner, Major General Bhekinkosi Langa. She delivered the keynote address in his absence and overlooked the entire day’s proceedings. “The fun-filled and exciting day ended with the winners of each category being awarded certificates and trophies for their excellent performances. “eThekwini Cluster earned the highest points and emerged the overall winner while uMzinkhulu (Ugu) Cluster came second and Midlands third. UMzimkhulu (Ugu) took first position for Western song with eThekwini taking second position and Midlands, third. eThekwini was placed first for rural song, followed by Umzimkhulu came second and Midlands, third. “Own choice of song category was won by eThekwini, second place was uMzimkhulu followed by Midlands in third place.” In the run-up to this competition, the Ugu Cluster embarked on a series of crime awareness campaigns in identified police station patrol areas, as a crime fighting initiative while creating awareness through music on issues pertaining to crime.SAPS members as well as various guests addressed the public and called upon them to work in partnership with the SAPS, not to harbour criminals within their communities, not to buy stolen goods and to report all criminal activities to the police.