JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s president says Nelson Mandela’s health continues to improve as he marks his 95th birthday.

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

A statement from President Jacob Zuma’s office Thursday says, “Madiba remains in hospital in Pretoria but his doctors have confirmed that his health is steadily improving.”

Mandela’s daughter Zindzi has said her father is gaining strength and may be going home “anytime soon.”

Court documents filed by the family earlier this month had said Mandela was on life support and near death. He has been the hospital since June 8, and officials say his condition is critical but stable.

United Nations has declared Nelson Mandela International Day as a way to recognize the Nobel Prize winner’s contribution to reconciliation.