Nelson Mandela makes 'dramatic' progress, says daughter

Nelson Mandela's daughter says the South African leader has made a "dramatic" progress on the eve of his 95th birthday.

Zindzi Mandela said in an interview with Sky TV that her father may be going home soon.

Mandela turns 95 on on Thursday.
She said her father is watching television with headphones in his bed in a Pretoria hospital and that he smiles at family members and raises his hand.

The latest description by Zindzi - who is one of Mandela's daughters by his second wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela - is a significant improvement from court documents from the family that said he was on life support and near death.

Mandela has been in a Pretoria hospital since June 8 and officials say his condition is critical but stable.