HARARE - Zimbabwe's main opposition leader Nelson Chamisa says the country is on the brink of a civil war.
Chamisa delivered his version of the State of the Nation Address in Mbare, a suburb in the capital.
The MDC says its time for South Africa to step in.
Zimbabwe is facing food and fuel shortages, the health sector is also collapsing.
Chamisa says if political issues are not resolved the country will remain a burden to its neighbours.
"Zimbabwe is becoming a burden, right now Zimbabwe is becoming a burden in the region even in Botswana on account of our inability," Chamisa said.
"If we don't resolve politics we will not be able to resolve the economic questions. Let’s resolve our economic issue through politics.
Zimbabwean authorities have been heavy-handed in dealing with the MDC. Party rallies and public meetings have been banned.
This has led to violent clashes between supporters and police.
Chamisa says the country is a ticking time bomb. He believes dialogue is needed to avoid a bloody civil war.
"People have to dialogue without spilling blood, it is a better solution than to lose lives so that we are able to go to dialogue," Chamisa said.
"Freedom must come, our country is at a cross-road. We stand there as we stood long ago."
In the meantime, President Emmerson Mnangagwa is pleading for more time.
Mnangagwa says austerity measures implemented means things will get worse before they improve.