The Keith Holshausen Collection

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Date of Auction: 16th September 2010

Sold for £120

Estimate: £140 - £180

Pair: Detective Constable Baleni, British South Africa Police, a recipient of a Commissioner’s Commendation for good tracking and investigative work
Rhodesia General Service Medal (13430 D./Const. Baleni); Rhodesia Police L.S. & G.C. Medal (13430 D./Const Baleni), mounted as worn, edge bruising, very fine (2) £140-180

Footnote

Commissioner’s Commendation Force Orders 152/65, the citation for which states:

‘The Commissioner has much pleasure in awarding a Commendation and monetary award of £5 each to No. 4709 Detective Inspector Peters and No. 13430 Detective Constable Nenabo [Baleni], both of C.I.D. Matabeleland, in recognition of the outstanding investigating ability they displayed during investigations into an armed attack on Dube Ranch, Kezi District, which occurred on the night of 24 September 1964. The prolonged, persistent and intelligent investigations which followed, resulted in the arrest and conviction of three male persons, two of whom were sentenced at the High Court, Bulawayo, to serve a total of 10 years imprisonment with hard labour. The success of these investigations was in large measure due to the good work of Detective Inspector Peters, who exercised overall direction of the investigations, and of Detective Constable Nenabo [Baleni], whose tracking ability and stamina led to the early arrest of two of the accused persons.’

Baleni, a photograph of whom appeared in the Outpost magazine in May 1965, retired on a pension in November 1977.