The match got off to a sour note, as Tuks defender Warren Bishop escaped a sending off offence when his dangerous lunge on Delron Buckley on 10 minutes, which had both benches on their feet, received only a yellow card.
In the 32nd minute the visitors had their first real chance, as former Bafana Bafana international Buckley was well positioned to open his PSL account when he received a cross from the right side from Frank Sarfo Gyamfi, but it was a tame header.
Buckley soon had the chance to atone for that 10 minutes later, however, with a free-kick from 20 yards, but his curling and dipping effort went over the bar.
The first half concluded in a stalemate as hard tackles, pushing and shoving dominated the first 45 minutes.
At the start of the second half Tuks brought on veteran striker David Radebe to replace Botswana international Dipsy Selolwane, and it took him just six minutes to make an impact.
The former Kaizer Chiefs forward received a defence-splitting pass from Sepeke Manamela and he outsprinted the Maritzburg backline to coolly slot home from 18 yards to make 1-0 in the 51st minute.
That goal seemed to inspired AmaTuks and their vocal support, as four minutes later Mpho Maruping found himself unmarked at the back post as a set-piece was floated into the box, but his shot from close range was parried away by Shu-Aib Walters.
The men from Pietermaritzburg kept attacking the rookies and they were punished late in the second half when Booysen connected with a ball floated into the box, rising highest to head home and give the visitors a dramatic late equaliser.
AmaTuks finished the match with 10 men after Sepeke Manamela was sent off for a dangerous tackle from behind on Buckley, with only two minutes remaining.