Clothing retail group Truworths has hit back at accusations by the South African Clothing and Textile Workers Union (Sactwu) that it doesn't support local procurement and manufacturing.

Truworths said in a statement that it is one of the biggest supporters of the local textiles and clothing sectors, buying most of its garments locally, and that it was "surprised" by Sactwu's allegations against it.

It said that although it retained its "right to a flexible sourcing strategy," it still sourced in the region of 75 per cent of its garments from local companies.

The company's managing director Tony Taylor said: "Our business has saved jobs because of the size of our orders.

"We prefer local suppliers because of the flexibility they give us, as well as their understanding of the South African market".

Taylor added that the real source of discontent within the industries was the mounting international competition that manufacturers were facing.

Approximately 70 of Sactwu's members held a demonstration outside Truworths' Cape Town offices last week, accusing the company of encouraging import growth.